AUD $500.00

Ancient Bleached Agate Net Beads

 Here are six round Maurian Period black agate Harappan beads, with a white net pattern bleached into their surfaces.

They are said to be Ancient Indus Valley Beads from Pakistan or Afghanistan, but on closer examination I'm not completely sure about all of them.

I think 4 are genuine, that's those with very fine crazing in the creamy bleached  lines, the darker surfaces on these are irregular, with fine pitting. But the others (2) with fresh white lines and polished surfaces, I suspect are copies. (see below)

Whilst not as old they are still a nice bead, with a story and if you're wanting to thread them up, then these "extras" will be useful for pairing and balance. If you look closely two of these,  the shiny ones, have fine "white" lines within the darker stone. These lines when I find them proove to me that the a stone is real, not glass. (However it's usually in new Black Onyx!)

For the collector though, the comparison alone will be educational, and offers an enduring subject of conversation, (when showing off your collection.) The viewer will enjoy involvement in the comparison. I could of course just be being overly suspicious, too, they may be old.

They range in size from 1 x 9 mm,  2 x 8 mm, 1 x 7 mm and 2 x 6 mm.

They are drilled with a threadable hole ranging from just over or under 1 mm, that should comfortably take "tiger tail" for wearing.

Ancient Beads.com  (a very interesting site) refers to these as "Longevity Beads" and says that the fine crazing visible on the "older beads" is the result of long burial and exposure to frost affecting the surface of the agate.(Indicating a location like Afghanistan) Those from further south where there was no frost don't achieve this result. (Which may possibly explain the difference in the beads we have here.)

To further quote........

"Etching of beads
The decoration on these ancient beads were etched with soda.

The etching of beads has been known since the Indus Valley and Harappan Civilization, dated to 2500- 1500 BC.
Under the rule of Chandragupta Mauria, the Maurian Period, dating from 300 BC to 100 AD the culture of etched beads reached its quantitative peak.
The etched beads on this page are predominantly from this period."

Here are some examples well worth checking ...... 

http://www.ancientbead.com/Etched_beads.html

 

Age: Circa 300 BC to 100 AD  (and some others are possibly only late 20th Century.)

Size: Largest Diam 9 mm. Smallest Diam 6 mm.

Weight: 7 grams