Glass beads are not in my field of expertise. However I would like to display the few ones I have.

Multi colored glass beads

The beads
are for sale

through bead ID
for price


GLB  1  -  12 * 8 * 4 mm  -  14 * 9 * 4 mm
Kaushambi - Allahabad UP - NOT FOR SALE


The illustration is taken from the book: "Indian Beads" - A Cultural and Technological Study - Shantaram B. Deo p. 143 It shows beads excavated from Kausambi, Uttar Pradesh, Early historic period. Note the similarity between the two beads on my scan and the bead displayed
in the low right corner of the photo from the book.

Ancient blue glass beads


GLB  2  -  Average size: 6 * 3,5 mm - SOLD
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Wonderful deep blue colored glassbeads with stripes. Greater India - probably Maurian Period 300 B.C. - 100 A.D.
Note the similarity between these wonderful beads and the bead displayed in the low left corner of the illustration from the previous mentioned book "Indian Beads".

A bead expert told me with absolute certainty that the beads displayed below with the red dot in the middle were from the Islamic Period 800 - 900 AD.


GLB  3  -  Disk beads: 9 * 2 mm
Eyebeads from the early classical period

However - as you can observe in the illustration below from "Indian Beads" (p.142) an identical bead (no 3 in the upper row) was excavated in Kausambi (and Rajghat) from sites belonging to the Early historic period.


Why do I mention these different views on the origin of the beads displayed here? It is to highlight the uncertanity that always will be around ancient beads. Where do the origin from? Are they genuine or copies? If you follow this link to the you can see an interesting discussion concerning the small blue glass beads with the white stripes.

Here the discussion is quite 'humble' in the sense that nobody advocates being in the possession of the absolute truth about these beads. However as an outsider and self declared non-specialist in beads I must say that I sometimes get surprised concerning the absolute certainty in which certain kind of bead experts claim to know the truth.
Why is it sometimes so difficult to admit that we sometimes simply don't know? And what is more beautiful than a mystery bead?

Ancient white, green and red striped glass beads


GLB  4  -  Average size: 10 mm

Banded glass beads
Largest piece: 12 mm - smallest piece: 8 mm 
Early historic period - most probably Maurian - 300 B.C. - 100 A.D.

The ancient glass beads displayed above were made before the days of mass production. They vary greatly in terms of size,  shape, art and color. Each one of them has a 'soul' of their own. Note that you can find the quite rare beads with the red stripes on the above illustration from the Indian Bead book. (third in the middle row)

Ancient black glass beads

GLB  5  -  Note the similarity to beads in the illustration from Indian Beads
  10 * 8 mm 12 * 8 mm 11 * 6 mm 10 * 5 mm  


Ancient colored striped glass beads


GLB  6  - 
  15 * 8 mm 15 * 8 mm 17 * 7 mm  

Colored glass beads from the Early Historic period  B.C.


11 * 4 mm                   9 * 5 mm

9 * 6 * 3 mm
GLB  7  - 


These Pyu glass beads are made in resemblance of the typical Burmese jade.

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16 * 5,5 mm
GLB  9  - 

Ancient Persian glass beads


GLB  10  - Average 16 mm








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