AUD $740.00

Ancient Bactrian Eye Bead.

Here's an early classic round agate "Evil Eye" bead, utilizing the natural colour bands of a semi opaque caramel and milky grey/whitemilky on a darker tobacco brown base.  This bead is an ancient one from Bactria (Afghanistan/Pakistan), but would actually probably have been processed in the Indus Valley, one of the earliest civilisations situated in what is now Pakistan. (the stones themselves were often mined and traded from what is now India around Cambay, on the coast of Gujarat.)

We're now finding that this culture was a manufacturing and trading centre for stone beads, which were then traded throughout Mesopotamia, Tibet, Central and South East Asia.

With an agate like this you cut one way to get stripes or turn the stone round and cut the other way you create concentric circles. These circles are believed to be a powerful deterrent to Evil. (The Evil Eye averts its gaze when it meets a threatening eye or a mirror reflecting even its own eyes.) It is from these "natural" Eyes that the whole  "Dzi" tradition has evolved.

The back is flat tobacco coloured, with a rounded edge and and a shaded white ring surrounding a "cabachon" or gently domed caramel centre. The overall surface is gently matted with many tiny knocks and scratches.

It's drilled with a hole of almost 2 mm, and will take tiger tail for threading and wear, or possibly a silk thread but not a chain or choker.

This bead is one of a small collection we have been putting together for well over a decade and not newly bought by us.

 

Age: Circa 2nd Millenium BC.

Size: L 13 mm x W  13 mm x D  5 mm.

Weight:  2 grams.