AUD $780.00

Ancient Bactrian Agate Bead.

Here's a variation of the classic "Evil Eye" bead, expertly cut utilizing the very fine naturally coloured bands of a milky grey and white striped agate. The stone has many very fine layers (stripes) of soft whites and semi translucent/slightly milky greys defined with a very fine darker outline.

This bead is an ancient one from what was Bactria (Afghanistan/Pakistan), but would actually 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 north from India around Cambay, on the coast.)

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 tradition has evolved.

These striped agate beads were worn for their beauty and status, being considered protective and powerful even when not specifically cut as "eyes".

This bead has been cut very skillfully achieving a beautiful balance of graduated stripes fanning around the central point.

Drilled lengthwise with a hole of about 1.5 mm, it will take tiger tail for threading and wear, or possibly a silk thread but not a chain or choker. 

 

Age: Circa 2nd Millenium BC.

Size: L 22 mm x W  14 mm x D  5 mm.

Weight:  3 grams.