MY FAVORITE ANCIENT BEADS - as seen with my Western eyes On this page you will be able to
marvel at beads in a huge cultural, geographical and historical
variety. They come in all
shapes, colors, patterns and conditions. Some of them
will be scarred, even almost broken. Others will be so perfect
that it is hard to believe, that they are ancient.
What binds them all together.... ?
It is beauty. They are, at least in my opinion of a highly
If you are out hunting for the kind of sublime beauty as shown here,
we are on the same, mostly western wavelength.
However, I have to warn you. The sublime beauties displayed on this particular page are not cheap!
They are my favorite beads. I
love them as far as you can love not living art-materials and
would not mind to keep them as a custodian for this lifetime.
Why do I sell some of them and at the same time call the My favorite
ancient beads? Maybe it is due to greed. Maybe it is
because I am serving the role as a temporary custodian and still
can call them 'my favorites' after they are handed over to
another custodian collector. I also have favorite art pieces of
all kinds displayed on galleries and museums. Alone out of this
reason they are not cheap. Because I want the next caretaker to
really appreciate what he got in his hands.
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FAB 1 - 31 * 7 mm - I have named
this bead The Perfection of Organic Symmetry.
What a beautiful and slim bead!
A really rare Ancient Talisman. A multicolored Mauryan eye bead! In a high quality crafted bead like this nothing is accidental. I marvel at the composition. It is a
powerful demonstration of ancient abstract art work. Note the
many different colors in organic and hence not sterile symmetry.
Form, design/motif & color
How a remarkable bead should look like is of course a subjective
What is beautiful is, as stated often on this site, dependent on the eyes of the beholder.
For people in China the bead has to be perfect without damage.
For me an ancient bead in certain cases increases its beauty by
imperfection. I can be remarkable in form, design, motif, color
and/or in the story it can tell us.
* 9 mm
I call this bead: Proof of Go(o)d -
The Western bead eye
I look at the bead with a Western eye. A Western eye like mine
is not professionalized to see within a split second if a bead
is fake or not. However it might be more childlike and innocent.
Maybe it sees things that the professional trained eye does not
In fact could it be that the Asian Bead emperor wears no
clothes? Are all our opinions and preferences not like clothes
protecting us from the naked truth of every things impermanence?
As I see it our ways of looking are made of dream material only
to be percieved as real in an eco chamber creating a social
construct of inter-subjective reality.
I know an Austrian bead collector. He will never purchase a
perfect bead. Why? His father was an archeologist. That is why.
Perfect beads are an anomaly boosted by Asian bead greed.
If you look at beads with the purpose of investing in
bit(bead)coins, it is obvious that the perspective of your
eyesight will be narrowed down.
This type of Asian collectors in general have no historical and
archeological knowledge. In a way they are similar to the modern
super rich investor-collector of modern art. Here
plays a larger and larger role because this type of collector
hardly has any interest or knowledge in the art piece he
purchases. It is only seen as an investment.
So let get back to the world of ancient beads. I don't claim to be an
expert. I also like almost perfect beads. However imperfections
and scars are secondary in my choice of beads. If a bead
displays beautiful colors, geometry, forms and shapes I rate
that above all else.
When I look at the patterns in a bead I see holy geometrics.
These poor beads never went to university. Their makers were
also not literate. However, the patterns follow the universal
rules of mathematics and geometrics.
Hence the ancient bead reminds me that the world is not only
governed by blind chaos. The chaos is as intelligent as the
cosmos. It is
just a form of intelligence we have yet not deciphered.
The longing for absolute perfection is often dangerous, especially
when collectively crystallized in politics. It reflects a
Also on the individual level the striving for perfection often
turns out not to be healthy. I guess some of you dear readers
already had some similar thoughts on that subject. I see the
scarred old bead as a perfect projection field for my self. In
me there is spite of my scars and age still Kalos
Kai Agathos . There is still a firm life experienced
belief in the the beautiful good and just.
Don't misunderstand me. I also love perfect beads, but only set as an
organic part of a mosaic of perfectly imperfect beads. Recently at a bead fair in Bangkok I had the immense luck
to get some for me one out of a million perfection beads. The
mainland Chinese buyers did not even look at these rare and
For me they are out of this world, but totally bypassed in the
blindness that always comes with greed. A great example is the
extremely rareIndo-Parthian bead displayed below:
* 14 mm
general rule rule a sublime ancient bead should display high contrast in both lines and colors. A display of as
many distinctive different natural colors as possible further
adds to a beads 'remarkability' score. This is particularly true
when it comes to agate beads. However this is not the case with
the bead displayed below.
* 13 mm
- Left bead 18 * 8 mm
6 - (IV-TL 7) -
24* 10 mm
FAB 7 - 38 * 9,5 * 8 mm - I
have baptized this bead 'The Stone Rose'.
I have never seen a bead type like the specimen displayed above.
The top of this awesome multicolored eye agate bead is shining
like a precious stone!
SUBLIME INDUS BEADS In fact I consider all my Indus beads, both
the early and
the late to be remarkable.
However displayed on this page
you will see some of the most outstanding ones within this
FAB 8 -
EIV 73) -
37,5 * 10,5 mm -
Green banded jasper bead -
Note the color difference from dark green to lighter green
PERFECTION OF IMPERFECTION
Seen with my western eyes, a remarkable
does not need to be perfect to be beautiful. Often I love
the scarred bead more than the perfect one. Scars and cracks can be
of time, both made by man and time itself.
FAB 68 - 28,5 * 13 *
Use a loupe to
discover the hidden
micro world of ancient beads! If
you are in possession of a truly remarkable and ancient bead, I
recommend you to have a good loupe at hand. That will
enable you to dive deeper into the micro world of the bead. Here
you can discover marvelous patterns and colors so far hidden
from the eyes of normal everyday attention. Beads can be like miniature
As displayed above you can see that a
pattern does not need to be symmetrical to qualify for the
sublime. I am not perfect and therefore I cannot see myself
a perfect bead.
When there somehow is an intuitive sync between my imperfection
and the imperfection of the bead, it becomes easier for me to
let the scars of the bead heal my scars - not in the sense that
the scars disappears - on the contrary: The synergy of scars
becomes an existential act of post modern wabi-sabi.
Here I realize that it is the very scars that makes me beautiful
and alive, I become an out-standing individual
human being thanks to my scars.
FAB 70 - 33,5 * 16 * 14,5 mm
Be grateful for your scars!
So Ancientbead.com can in some ways be used as a post modern psychotherapeutic
site! It provides tools for the rare ones that has seen the
tremendous potentiality in cultivating gratefulness for so
called 'negative' things that happened to them in their life. As
C.G. Jung pointed out many years ago we grow by making our
FAB 71 - 26 * 16 mm
Another truly remarkable
multicolored agate bead with a dark infinite eye placed within
the boundaries of a
fiery sharp and golden rhombic pattern.
I call this bead The Eye of Mordor.
Beads are like music
I am also a music
composer and producer. When I make live
recordings in multi layers in my digital studio I am often not
able to keep the rhythm in such a way that the sum total of
tracks are in sync. In such situations I am tempted to use a
automatic quantize. However if I use this function the
music becomes sterile and dull.
Perfection often equals death.
FAB 72 - 23 * 16 mm
strong contrasts in this
bead in soft blue, strong white and black
I call this bead
Duality in unity.
FAB 73 - 21,5 * 17 * 14,5 mm
Here we have a super sharp all seeing
eye bead in a variety of soft autumn colors. I dare to say that
these beads rivals the best contemporary art.
I have named this bead
The Autumn Eye
FAB 74 - 24,5 * 11 mm
The patina and cracks on this eye-bead is unique in the way it supports and
amplifies the natural lines in the original stone. It is almost
as if the bead is looking at you!
The name of this bead is Concentric layers of 'I'
FAB 75 - 29 mm
FAB 76 - 20 mm
FAB 77 -SANAT 2 - 34.5
* 9 mm
FAB 78 - 31 * 11 mm
ancient translucent natural banded Chung DZI bead with a unique 'patina'.
displays dual, organic symmetrical swirling stripes. The bead has a translucent
fiery orange color,
which gives a marvellous contrast to the natural white
stripes. This color has been made stronger by ancient heat
I call this bead Divine Eye Candy
FAB 79 -
30 * 10 mm
FAB 79 - 23,5 * 10,5 mm
FAB 80 - 19 * 10 mm
FAB 81 - 18 * 12,5 * 5,5 mm
- 19 * 8,5 mm
FAB 83 - 20 * 14 * 10 mm
FAB 84 - 22 * 12,5 * 8,5 mm
FAB 85 - (IV-U 1)
- 25 * 20 * 7 mm
FAB 86 - Top left bead: 16 * 14 * 5 mm
FAB 87 - SANAT 1 - 47 * 13
I call this bead The
Lover of Shiva
The largest Yoni bead I have ever seen!
This super rare Indus bead is made out of amazonite.