Ancient Beads can be thousands of years old and reach back to the cradle of civilization!
What fascinates me deeply is that Beads are the oldest art form in the world! They are older than the cave paintings. Most probably you will feel a significant difference between wearing ancient beads, full of history, and new factory made. Just imagine the feeling of wearing an old bead, that has been in use for more than 30 generations. You are yourself a bead on a long string of human DNA from your ancestors. They still live in you right down to the sea anemone that genetically seen gave us our heartbeat. So tell me. Can we be the owners of ancient beads or are we just caretakers?
The bead as a remedy against unreality
For the sensitive person, an ancient bead is charged with the atmosphere of those ancient cultures that made and used them. This symbolic energy allows the wearer of the bead to be in remembrance of his own archaic human history. This bond links to the real in you. It shows a pathway either out of the hamster wheel of modern civilization or a maybe more; a way to navigate the accelerating complexity of big data in a fluid and interconnected world society.
In ancient times, before clothes were designed with pockets, beads were used as a kind of currency and a sign of social status. However, I dare to say that these beautifully crafted beads were primarily used for ritualistic and religious purposes. They were talismans. Ancient beads were focal points of mystical power in a world of analog, symbolic and metaphorical self-understanding and social navigation.
The Ancient bead as a rechargeable talisman
In my perspective, an ancient bead still can be a talisman, not exactly in the way it was used in ancient times, but in a new setting that I would term as postmodern magic.  For the modern man, everything is seemingly governed by reason. Large parts of our brain are however still rooted in archaic symbolic thinking. In recognizing that we are both logic and symbolic thinking systems, we can in a kind of post-modern double code both wear an ancient talisman and a perfect suit and tie. In this sense, we charge the talisman, the ancient bead, with our symbolic and deeply emotional rooted intentions and wishes. Through the talisman, we are now able to make a great synthesis between our irrational emotional and our need for intelligent navigations systems.
This is's philosophic viewpoint:
To see Ancient Beads in the light of post-modern double coded 'magick'.

Ancient beads from Asia
Most of the old beads were sourced from Nepal, but even in my native country Denmark I had the good fortune to hunt down some of the best beads in this collection! Also, my father as a sailor in the East has in the late 50ties collected many of the beads you see here.
Greater India
The major part of these remarkable ancient and old beads have come into this gallery from the India of antiquity, covering Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tibet. This 'Greater' India was a pioneer in stone bead making and began exporting lapis lazuli and carnelian beads from as early as 2000 BC. Hence the majority of the beads in this collection are from the Indus Valley Civilization up to 1000 AD.

Collectors united in love for ancient beads
Today ancient beads are understood and appreciated by a growing number of people from all over the world. Some are collectors, some believe in bead magic or beads as currency. Others just feel attracted to the beauty of an ancient bead. Whatever category or non-category you belong to:
Feel free to browse through this virtual catalog of genuine old and ancient beads.
I have been a passionate collector of beads for more than 30 years. However, I have now decided to sell parts of my collection. Feel free to enquire about prices! Kind regards from Gunnar Muhlman!

You can also contact my friend Sanatan
I have known Sanatan for 20 years and I can guarantee that he is a 100% honest human and bead man.
His facebook profile is: Nishka Nishka

From the left:
Sanatan Khadivya, Tribal Arts, Main Bazar, Delhi
Gunnar Muhlman, Associate Professor & Musician, Copenhagen
Han Muzhe, PHD student, Central China Normal University
Li Yu, MA Art Archeology, Lecturer at Sichuan University

May the bead-force be with you!


 Gunnar Muhlman -               Visit Kevin Ball's beadsite

Beads and Baudrillard
Ancient Beads as an antidote to the simulacra

There was a photographer taking pictures of journalists who were being filmed by a TV crew as they reported on a PR event, and there was me writing about it. (Victor Lewis Smith - Grasping the Zeitgeist with the ace fashionistas 2007)
Already in the late seventies the French philosopher, Baudrillard coined the term ‘simulacra´.
Baudrillard defines the simulacra as
the generation of models of the real without origin or reality.
In the modern world of media and internet, man is increasingly removed from contact with the ‘real world’.
He is much more in touch with the signs replicating the real world. In the cyberspace and modern media world, these signs now start to refer to each other instead of referring to real things in the real world. These signs that refer to other signs in a kind of feedback is then starting to simulate reality, a hyper reality. In this way news is referring to incidents in ‘reality programs’ (what an ironic name) in the same way as they report news from Gaza.
In this way the real, according to Baudrillard, is slowly swallowed up by the hyper-real, or what we could call an unreal world that is trying to substitute the real:
It is no longer a question of limitation, nor of reduplication, nor even parody.
It is rather a question of substituting signs of the real for the real itself. 
To cut it short: we live in a hyperreal world, an unreal media and web-created world that looks real,
but actually could be described with the old Indian word, Maya, or Matrix if you prefer an updated word.
In this plastic fantastic world of simulacra, or should I say silicone, Baudrillard predicts that there will be a growing, desperate longing and need for what is really real. But Baudrillard is a pessimistic man.
He saw that only quickly evolving fakes, simulacra, would be given to quench this thirst, with the result that the thirst would be even greater.
I must confess that though I agree with Baudrillard's basic philosophy, I am not at all that pessimistic.
I see a world where we in our hunger for the ‘real’ will redirect our search for the real to our ancient
history and here find ‘tokens’, symbols of reality that in themselves can emanate 'reality'.
Any ancient art object will remind us of the real inside ourselves.
In my case, I get this thirst for the real quenched when I hold an ancient bead in my hand. A genuine ancient bead is a sign and a piece of reality at the same time.
This bead was made more than a thousand years before the world wide web. It was made in a time where time was almost standing still - and only in this kind of time, it is possible to make a bead like this. And after its making, it has become one with human life through symbiosis with sweat from countless generations. Or it has become baptized through the sweat of the earth for millennia.
This bead is like a tuning fork. It makes me vibrate with what is real inside myself. 

This timeless bead in time, in my hand right now, reminds me of my favorite monk, Meister Eckhart, when he says:
The happenings of a thousand years ago, days spent millenniums since,
are in eternity no further
off than is this moment I am passing now;
the day to come a thousand years ahead or in as many years as you
can count, is no more distant in eternity than this very instant I am in.

All else is simulacra - especially fake beads!

Gunnar Muhlman - dedicated to Kevin Ball in honour of his ability to distinguish between the real and the simulacra.