MY FAVORITE ANCIENT BEADS - as seen with my Western eyes

Like a sculptor, if necessary,
carve a friend out of stone.
Realize that your inner sight is blind
and try to see a treasure in everyone.
Rumi Jalalu'l-Din

On this page, you're invited to immerse yourself in the diverse world of ancient beads, each encapsulating an array of cultural, geographical, and historical narratives. They present themselves in myriad shapes, colors, patterns, and conditions. Some will bear the marks of time, perhaps scarred or even close to shattering, while others will retain a perfection that belies their ancient origins.
 
What unifying thread weaves these varied artifacts together?
 
Beauty. Each piece, in my eyes, embodies an aesthetic appeal that transcends time and space.

If your pursuit is for the sublime beauty reflected in these artifacts, then we share the same wavelength, predominantly influenced by Western aesthetics.

Consider this text not as a sales-oriented text but as an ode to ancient beads.
 
The Role as a Custodian
However, a word of caution: the exquisite pieces showcased on this page do not come cheap. They represent my most cherished collection, the beads that I've come to love as much as one can appreciate inanimate works of art. I wouldn't mind safeguarding them for this lifetime. You might ask, why then do I offer some for sale while dubbing them as 'My Favorite Ancient Beads'? Perhaps it's because I see myself as a temporary custodian, and I wish for these beads to find appreciation in the hands of their new guardians. Moreover, even after their transition to a new custodian, I can still fondly regard them as 'my favorites'.

 



 



 






 Name of the bead: Facets of Forever
 

Presented above: Witness the slender elegance of this bead, a cherished ancient talisman, a multicolored Mauryan eye bead. Its allure transcends time, resonating with a charm that connects us to a distant past. Every element of this bead is a testament to deliberate artistry, not a detail left to chance. Its composition is a marvel, a vibrant illustration of abstract creativity from an era long gone. The diverse palette, intricately arranged in an organic yet meticulously orchestrated symmetry, conveys an energy that is anything but sterile.

Not for sale

 

FAB 1 - 31 * 7 mm - Aproximate. age: 2200 years


Form, design/motif & color

The beauty of a bead, like all aesthetic experiences, is ultimately a subjective affair. It varies depending on the cultural context, personal inclinations, and the unique experiences of the beholder. As has been reiterated throughout this site, beauty truly does lie in the eyes of the beholder.
 

To the Chinese connoisseur, a bead's appeal often lies in its flawlessness, its pristine state, untarnished by time or wear. In this perspective, perfection is the pinnacle of beauty, and an unblemished bead is the epitome of this ideal.
 
In contrast, my appreciation of ancient beads is often deepened by their imperfections. The nicks, scratches, and weathering they bear are testaments to their history, their journey through the ages. These signs of age and use don't detract from their beauty; instead, they enrich it, adding layers of narrative and resonance.
 

 





Prism of the Past
 

Consider the extraordinary effort required to extract these patterns and colors from the raw material. Envision the tons of agate meticulously sifted, chiseled, and polished to reveal the gem at its heart. Each bead is a triumph of patience and precision over the stubborn raw material. This bead, thus, is not merely an artifact, but a testament to the ancient artisans' perseverance and their intimate understanding of the medium. To create such a bead would in most cases take more than one month of hard continuous work.

Not for sale
 

FAB 2 - 23 * 9 mm - Aprox. age: 2200 years

 


What is a remarkable bead?
To me, a remarkable bead isn't defined by a single attribute. It's a harmonious blend of its form, design, motif, and color, each aspect contributing to the whole. The form speaks to the skill and technique of the artisan; the design and motif reveal the cultural context and artistic traditions of its time. The color, whether vibrant or faded, whether single-hued or multi-toned, adds its own unique character.
 
Moreover, each bead is a silent storyteller, whispering tales of the hands that crafted it, the lives that treasured it, the epochs it survived. Each ancient bead is a tiny yet enduring testament to human creativity, resilience, and the timeless pursuit of beauty. This narrative aspect, the story a bead can convey, adds an additional dimension to its appeal, making it not just a piece of ornamentation, but a tangible piece of our shared human history.

 

 






Zarathustrian Radiance of Resonance

It's a fascinating observation that enthusiasts of beads in the Far East frequently gravitate towards designs featuring an eye motif at the center. Yet, when you delve deeper into these intricately crafted pieces, you'll find that the placement of this central eye often adheres to the golden ratio - a mathematical ratio frequently found in nature, and one that has been used in art and design for millennia due to its aesthetically pleasing properties.

Take, for instance, the extraordinary Indo-Parthian bead showcased here. The eye motif isn't randomly situated; it has been meticulously positioned according to the principles of the golden ratio. The golden ratio, roughly 1:1.618, is often associated with harmony and balance, attributes that artists and architects have coveted for centuries.
 
In the case of this bead, the artisan has applied this principle to create a sense of visual equilibrium and allure. The eye isn't just an eye; it's a focal point, a magnetic locus drawing the viewer's attention. And its strategic placement according to the golden ratio heightens its visual impact, making the bead not just an object of beauty, but also a testament to the mathematical precision and the deep understanding of aesthetic principles of its creator.

Such careful placement is not a mere coincidence. It's a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and aesthetic sensibility of the ancient artisans who crafted these beads. These artisans, it seems, had an intuitive understanding of the principles of design that we today recognize and study formally. This fusion of artistry, aesthetics, and mathematics is part of what makes these ancient beads so remarkable and captivating.

Not for sale

 

FAB  3 - 42.5 * 14 mm - Aprox. age: 2000 years


An exceptional ancient bead, as a general rule, should ideally exhibit a striking contrast in both its lines and colors. The inclusion of a variety of distinct, naturally occurring colors can significantly enhance a bead's 'remarkability' score. This is particularly true in the case of agate beads, where the interplay of contrasting hues often brings out the bead's inherent beauty.
  
However, the two beads showcased above and below, FAB 3 & FAB 4, diverge from this standard, demonstrating that the allure of a bead is not solely reliant on high contrast and vibrant colors. Instead, these pieces possess a subtler charm. Their muted tones and less pronounced motifs do not shout for attention, yet they possess an undeniable allure. They are not intended to dazzle the casual observer but to engage in a more intimate communication with their wearer.
  
These less ostentatious beads, in their quiet elegance, offer a different form of engagement. They whisper rather than shout, inviting a more introspective appreciation. In their understated design and muted color palette, they project a serene, meditative quality. They beckon the wearer to look closer, to engage more deeply, and to appreciate the nuances of their design and craftsmanship. In this sense, such beads offer a more personal, introspective experience, an invitation to a quieter, more contemplative appreciation of their beauty and history.

  
 




Shiva's 'lingam' - phallus




Shakti's 'yoni' - vagina




Spherical Symphony of Shiva-Shakti

Not for sale
 

FAB 4 - 26 * 13 mm -  Aprox. age: 2000 years


The Shiva-Shakti bead
The bead pictured above and the assortment to the lower left (FAB 5) bear strikingly similar patterns, a fact that is far from mere coincidence. According to two of the most knowledgeable and insightful bead experts I've ever had the pleasure of engaging with - Malik Hakila and Sanatan Khavadya - these designs represent the Shiva-Shakti motif. (I am here only referring to them as experts in the subject of Indian beads.)
 
The oval circle within the design signifies the Yoni, symbolizing the female genital opening, while the near nail-like protrusion embodies the phallus of Shiva. These two elements, when combined, encapsulate the cosmic union of opposites, a fundamental principle that permeates every level of existence, from the smallest atom to the vast expanse of galaxies.
 
This force is regarded as sexual, but not in the typical, concrete sense of the term. Instead, it is sexual in its most abstract form, a representation of the intertwining of dualities. It is an allegory of the powerful union between the masculine and the feminine, the active and the passive, the creative and the receptive. Through this lens, each bead becomes more than a simple adornment. They evolve into a tangible representation of profound philosophical and spiritual concepts, encapsulating the dynamic interplay of forces that govern the universe.






 

 








Second coming of Shiva-Shakti
 





FAB 5 - Left bead 18 * 8 mm -  Aprox. age: 2000 + years



The Shiva-Shakti motif is a profound symbol that has appeared in various forms of art, including the intricate designs of ancient beads. Rooted deeply in Hindu philosophy, this motif is an embodiment of the divine cosmic dance of duality and unity, creation and dissolution, masculine and feminine.
 
Shiva and Shakti are considered two facets of the same reality in Hindu philosophy. Shiva, often symbolized by a phallus or 'lingam', represents the cosmic masculine principle, the formless, the pure consciousness, and the unchanging aspect of the universe. On the other hand, Shakti, symbolized by the 'yoni', represents the cosmic feminine principle, the energizing, active, and dynamic aspect of the universe.


 
 




 

Timeless Tapestry of Shiva-Shakti

According to the same beads experts as mentioned above,
this bead also displays the same Shiva symbol.

Not for sale

FAB  6 - (IV-TL 7)   - 24* 10 mm  - Aprox. age: 2500 years

 


In the context of ancient beads, the Shiva-Shakti motif is usually depicted as an interplay of these symbols. The oval or circular element, representing the yoni, may encapsulate or intertwine with a phallic or linear element, symbolizing the lingam. This intricate design serves as a constant reminder of the interdependent and complementary nature of the masculine and feminine energies. It is also a testament to the ancient artisan's understanding and reverence for these cosmic principles.

 



     

 

 


These beads, often worn as amulets or incorporated into jewelry, served not only as decorative elements but also as spiritual tools. They were designed to remind the wearer of the fundamental unity underlying apparent dualities, the interconnectedness of all existence, and the cyclical nature of life and the universe.
 
The Shiva-Shakti motif thus transforms each bead into a microcosm of the universe, representing profound philosophical and spiritual truths. To hold such a bead is to hold a piece of ancient wisdom, a tangible connection to the timeless dance of energies that continue to shape and sustain the universe.

 
We can learn a lot from the ancient Indian wisdom!



The one out of a million bead
 




Gemstone of Generations

 The bead showcased above is truly a one-off treasure, a unique find in my vast journey through ancient bead varieties. This mesmerizing multicolored eye agate bead stands out, not just for its distinct design, but also for its extraordinary translucent quality that imparts a ruby-like glow, accentuated by the bead's very form. It's a rare gem that speaks volumes about the sophistication of ancient bead craftsmanship.

Not for sale
 

FAB 7 - 38 * 9,5 * 8 mm - Aprox. age: 2000 years









Another one out of a million bead







Banded Buddha

This extraordinary bead was discovered in Bodh Gaya, an incredibly significant location steeped in spiritual and historical resonance. Known as the place where Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment and became the Buddha, Bodh Gaya is a nexus of culture and spirituality. The bead's provenance adds an additional layer of intrigue and depth to its appeal.

Furthermore, this bead likely hails from the Mauryan period, an era of profound cultural and political significance in the Indian subcontinent. The Mauryan Empire, from approximately 4th to 2nd century BCE, was one of the most extensive empires in South Asian history and was marked by advancements in art, culture, and philosophy. This connection situates the bead within a broader historical context, linking it to a time of profound transformation and growth.

In essence, the bead is not just an artifact but a tangible piece of history, a silent testament to the skilled craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibility of its creators. Each facet of its design, each swirl of color, and each glimmer of its ancient shine invites us to journey back in time, to marvel at the richness and complexity of the world from which it emerged.
 

Note the outstanding Mauryan polishing technique.

Not for sale
 

FAB 8 - 34 * 9 mm - Aprox. age: 2000+ years

 

SUBLIME INDUS BEADS
Each bead within my Indus collection, regardless of its period, condition, or perceived flaw, holds a remarkable value in my eyes. Each one is a testament to a bygone era, a whisper of an ancient civilization that continues to echo through time. Displayed here, however, are some that stand out even within this remarkable assortmentóbeads that are particularly striking in their aesthetic, historical, or cultural significance.

The craftsmanship exhibited in Indus beads is awe-inspiring, surpassing almost all other historical periods. Perhaps the only exception might be the Mauryan period, which also showcases an incredible degree of skill and sophistication. One of the most distinctive features of Indus beads is their meticulously drilled holesólarge, perfectly circular, and smooth. The effort and patience required to create such precision work without the aid of modern tools is truly astounding.

 
 






The Resurrection Circles of Continuity
 

The soft patina gracing this Indus bead is an extraordinary sight. It suggests a unique journey for the bead, one that intertwines the natural processes of time with human use and reverence. Most likely, the bead underwent calcification during a burial process. This process would have imbued it with an almost otherworldly glow, a testament to its journey through time and the earth itself.

However, the bead's story doesn't end there. Its smooth surface indicates that it was later excavated and worn for several generations. This prolonged usage would have polished the calcified surface, creating the uniquely smooth patina we see today. This combination of natural calcification and human usage is highly uncommon, making this bead a rare treasure.

The presence of usage patina on a calcified bead is a testament to the bead's enduring appeal and cultural significance. Despite its journey through time and the transformations it underwent, it was recognized for its beauty and value when it was unearthed. It was then reintegrated into the cycle of human use, adding yet another layer to its rich history.

Such beads are not merely artifacts; they are witnesses to the flow of time, bearers of untold stories, and symbols of the enduring human affinity for beauty and meaning. Every scratch, every patina, every marking adds to their character and deepens the narrative they hold. In their silent way, they communicate the interconnectedness of human and natural histories, reminding us of our place in the grand tapestry of time.


Not for sale
 

 FAB 9 - 34,5 * 9,5 mm  - Aprox. age: 5.000 years


Jaspagate Indus Beads
The selection of materials in Indus bead-making is indeed an eloquent testament to the extraordinary dedication and meticulous craftsmanship of these ancient artisans. They didn't just settle for what was ordinary or readily accessible. They sought the exceptional, the unique, the extraordinary. This pursuit often necessitated arduous journeys, traversing challenging terrains to acquire these rare materials. These materials varied from uncommon gemstones to distinct minerals, each bringing a unique character to the beads and enhancing their symbolic and aesthetic allure.
 
These beads are not just beautiful artifacts; they are a window into an ancient culture's tireless quest for beauty, distinction, and significance. They demonstrate how the Indus people went beyond the ordinary, sought the extraordinary, and incorporated it into their art, lending their creations a timeless appeal that continues to captivate us thousands of years later.
 
 






Geode Glory in Red
 

As we venture into this collection of my absolute favorite beads, we can witness firsthand the lengths to which the Indus people went in search of rare bead materials. The bead featured above is a prime example of this quest for uniqueness. It is crafted from agate, a material already valued for its beauty and durability, but this bead goes a step further. It contain jasper inclusions, a rare feature that adds depth and complexity to the bead's appearance.

Not for sale

 

FAB 10 - 37,5 * 10,5 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years


The Indus people's investment in their bead craft suggests a society where artistry and aesthetics were deeply valued. Each bead serves not only as an artifact of their technical skill but also as a window into their values, their relationships with their environment, and their perception of beauty. In essence, these Indus beads are not just remarkable objects in and of themselves; they are remarkable for the stories they tell and the worlds they invite us to imagine.
 
 
 






Earth's Echo in Quantum Quill


Such inclusions of jasper are an uncommon occurrence, making this bead a rare and fascinating find. The striking colors that emerge from this hybrid stone material qualify the bead above for a place in my top-10 list. This unique blend of materials is referred to as "jaspagate", a term that encapsulates the exceptional nature of these beads.

 
Not for sale
 

FAB 11 - 33 * 11 mm Aprox. age: 4.500 years




 
 





Primordial Pulsar

Once again, we are presented with a fascinating collaboration between jasper and agate, two distinct materials that come together to form an exquisite piece of art. This time, the natural patterning of the materials manifests in more zigzag-like lines, creating a dynamic and visually captivating bead.

The interplay between these two materials is akin to an organic painting, with the individual characteristics of both jasper and agate complementing each other beautifully. Agate, with its inherent durability and translucence, forms a perfect canvas for the vibrant and varied hues of jasper. The result is a bead that carries an intricate, labyrinth-like pattern, composed of zigzag lines that seem to dance across the surface of the bead.

This unique pattern showcases the unpredictable beauty of nature and the exceptional skill of the artisan who shaped and polished this bead to perfection. The zigzag lines create an illusion of movement, giving the bead a dynamic and lively appearance. Each turn and twist of the pattern tells a story of the earth's natural processes, captured forever within the confines of this small, exquisite bead.

 

FAB 12 - 38 * 13 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years


What is particularly remarkable is that these patterns are not the product of human design, but the result of geological processes that have taken place over millions of years. The artisan's role was to recognize the inherent beauty in these natural formations and to enhance them through careful crafting and polishing. It's a testament to the deep connection between the Indus people and the natural world around them, reflected in their ability to find beauty in the most unassuming of places.

This particular bead, with its zigzag jasper and agate patterns, is a true celebration of that connection. It is not just a beautiful piece of jewelry, but a small, tangible piece of our earth's vast and colorful history. Earth itself is a great artist.

 
 





 
Spectral Spirals on a Cosmic Canvas
 

An ancient jaspagate bead that features softer white agate circles surrounding jasper inclusions is truly a marvel to behold. This bead encapsulates the beautiful alliance between the opaque, earthy tones of jasper and the translucence of milky white agate.

These concentric circles of white agate, gently encasing the striking jasper inclusions, create a compelling contrast and depth that is captivating to the viewer. Each ring of agate represents a distinct period in the bead's formation, almost like the growth rings of a tree, telling the story of the stone's geological journey over centuries, if not millennia.

The jasper inclusions, often in rich hues of red, yellow, or brown, add an additional layer of intrigue. Like islands in a sea of agate, they stand as testament to the intriguing natural processes that result in such captivating patterns.

This ancient jaspagate bead is not just an artifact, it's a tangible testament to the relentless march of time and the mesmerizing beauty that can result from nature's slow, patient artistry.


 

FAB 13 - 33 * 13 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years







 
 







Tubular Glory 
 
This slender tubular bead, crafted during the Indus era, showcases a large hole that is discernible through its translucent stone material. This feature magnifies the bead's inner radiance, creating a captivating glow that seems to emanate from within. The bead's structure beautifully marries form and function, resulting in a luminous piece of ancient artistry.
 

FAB 14 - 28 * 5/5,5 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years





The Crystal Eye
 






Luminary's Lens
 

 

FAB 15 - 35 * 10/11 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years


Symbolic representations of eyes, especially those crafted from crystalline formations, are a common theme found in ancient beads. FAB 15, 16 and 17 are good examples of this phenomenon. These 'eye beads' are not just a product of human craftsmanship but are also a testament to the awe-inspiring processes of nature.

Crystal formations used for crafting these eye motifs are typically the result of centuries, if not millennia, of geological processes. Over time, minerals dissolved in water seep into the rocks, and as the water evaporates, these minerals crystalize, often forming stunning, intricate patterns. When these natural designs resemble the shape of an eye, they hold particular appeal for bead makers. It is the union of natural processes and human artistry that makes these eye beads truly remarkable.
 
The eye motif itself holds significant symbolic value across many cultures. Eyes are universally associated with vision, perception, and knowledge. In many ancient societies, eye beads were considered to be protective talismans, warding off evil spirits and bad luck. These amulets were believed to 'watch over' the wearer, protecting them from harm.
  
The use of crystal in crafting these symbols adds another layer of symbolic meaning. Crystals are often associated with clarity, focus, and transformation. They are believed to possess healing properties and are used in various spiritual and meditation practices. Therefore, an eye bead made from crystal formations could symbolically represent clear vision or spiritual insight.
  
In summary, the prevalence of eye motifs crafted from crystal formations in ancient beadwork reflects both the natural beauty of geological processes and the profound symbolic significance that ancient cultures attached to these designs. These beads serve as a tangible link between the physical and spiritual realms, embodying the interconnectedness of nature, art, and symbolism.

 
 

 
 







Prophetic Pupil
 
 

FAB 16 - 29,5 * 9 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years







 
 






Visionary Vortex

 

 

FAB 17 - 44 * 19/19,5 mm -Aprox. age: 4.500 years






 
 







Retina of Realms
 
 

FAB 18  - 26 * 8 mm - Aprox. age: 3.500 years










 
 





ULO - Unidentified Living Object
 
 

FAB 19 -39 * 9,5 mm - Aprox. age: 3.500 years


DIVINE GEOMETRIC IN SYMMETRY
In agate, the longing for Virtue is expressed in symmetry. As above, so below. The divine harmony is expressed on earth in the perfect symmetric bead. The eye, as I prefer to understand these obviously intended motifs, is here the portal of consciousness.

Early Indus Valley bead

 
 







Ocular Oracle
 
 

FAB 20 - 33 * 9 mm - Aprox. age: 4.000



Early Indus Valley bead






 
 






Before Ancient times

 

 

FAB 22 - 33 * 24,5 * 8 mm  - Aprox. age: 5.000 years

 






 
 







 Mystic Mirror
 

 

FAB 23 - 35,5 * 20 * 8 mm - Aprox. age: 5.000 years










 
 




 The Gentle Gigant
 

FAB 24 - 48 * 42 * 10 mm - Aprox. age: 5.000 years










 
 







Visionary Vein

 

 

FAB 25 - 29 * 26 * 8 mm - Aprox. age: 5.000 years










 
 








Gyre of Genesis
 

 

FAB 26 - 23 * 15 * 7 mm - Aprox. age: 5.000 years









 
 







Curl of Cosmos

 

 

FAB 27 - 34 * 11,5 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years


Agate: The harbinger of virtue and the canvas of imagination
Take a closer look at the wonderful ancient agate bead displayed above. From my personal observations and experience, it is apparent that the practice of engraving and discerning symbolic motifs primarily took root in the realm of agate bead-making. The very nature of agate, with its uniform and harmonious geometric patterns, provides an ideal canvas for the creation and perception of eyes and other symbols, the meanings of which have largely faded into the obscurity of time.

This characteristic of agate is particularly noticeable in specimens of volcanic origin. Their abundant circular formations make them exceptional mediums for symbolic representation. In this context, an ancient agate bead can be likened to a Rorschach inkblot test. It becomes an arena for the projection of human imagination, mirroring back the viewer's thoughts, ideas, and perhaps even their subconscious reflections.

Meanwhile, other materials like jasper, although beautiful and valuable in their own right, do not typically exhibit the same level of uniformity and symmetry found in agate. This makes agate uniquely suited to the artisan's hand and the observer's eye, transforming each bead into a captivating fusion of natural beauty and human creativity.

In this sense, agate doesn't merely exist as a precious stone used in bead-making. Instead, it transcends its physical form to become a mirror of human consciousness, a silent narrator of forgotten stories, and, in its own unique way, a harbinger of virtue.

Maybe that is why the Chinese love agate beads and still by far ignore beads made in jasper.


 
 








Beautiful Fatboy
 

 

FAB 28 - 40 * 18 mm - Aprox. age: 5.000 years









 
 






Window to Wisdom
 

FAB 29  - 17 * 10 mm - Aprox. age: 5.000 years

 
Late Indus valley bead





 
 



 


Layers of Legacy
 

FAB 30  - 21 * 9 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years


There are at least four different colors in this subtle colored banded agate late Indus valley bead.




 
 






Sight of the Spirit

What a beautiful and highly unusual color blend in this small bead! I would go so far as to say that I have never seen an ancient bead with such colors. It displays a symmetrical yet swirling motif in agate. I usually don't sell my favorite beads. However, rules get bent when I encounter a person who really understands and appreciates a rare bead.

 

RB  31  -  17 * 9 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.500 years - SOLD





 
 
 


 

  
 
The Miracle Maker

The banding of multiple colors in jasper is a rare and extraordinary sight, and the bead displayed here is a stellar exemplar of this phenomenon. This remarkable late Indus bead boasts an impressive palette of at least six distinct colors, a testament to nature's whimsical artistry and the bead maker's discerning eye.

A noteworthy feature of this bead is the presence of unique red cinnabar 'blood spots' - a rarity that adds an extra layer of intrigue to this already exceptional artifact. The rich crimson spots provide a dramatic contrast to the other hues, making the bead all the more visually captivating.

However, it's not just the vibrant colors and patterns that make this bead extraordinary. The impeccably drilled holes reflect the high level of skill and patience of the ancient craftsmen. Despite working with rudimentary copper tools, they managed to create these perfect orifices, a feat that leaves us questioning and marveling at their mastery.

This striking multicolored bead, with its vivid spectrum and intricate craftsmanship, ranks among my most cherished favorites. Its unique beauty and historical significance make it a prized possession that I have chosen to keep, thus it is not available for sale.

Not for sale
 

FAB 32 -  17 * 11 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.500 years








 
 






Eternal Echo of Shiva-Shakti

 

FAB 33  - 38 * 13 mm  - Aprox. age:  4.000 years








 
 







Rechargeable Talisman
 
The bead you see here is a dazzling testament to the ingenuity of the late Indus Valley civilization - a bead unlike any other I've encountered, boasting spiraled bands of radiant red and mesmerizing crystal quartz. It's a piece that stops you in your tracks, inviting you to marvel at the intricate interplay of color and form.
 
This bead is a testament to the unmatched craftsmanship of the late Indus period. Its exquisite spiral design, a rarity in the bead world, is a visual symphony of winding red bands entwined with swirls of crystal quartz. This combination of colors, so elegantly distributed, creates a striking aesthetic spectacle that is both alluring and hypnotic. This pairing is not only visually stunning but also symbolically potent. The red spiral could be seen as a representation of life's energy, while the crystal quartz, often associated with clarity and purification, might symbolize spiritual ascension.

The creation of such a bead would have required immense skill and patience. The bead-maker would have needed to carefully select the raw materials, painstakingly shape the bead, and deftly control the heat to achieve the spiraled banding effect.

Not for sale
 

FAB 34 -  20 * 9 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.500 years


 




 

 




 
      
Rings of Resilience

 

FAB 35 -19 * 10 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.500 years


Late Indus Valley bead. A unique agate bead with 6-colored spiral motif and crystalline bands

One of the simple  reasons behind the creation of these perfect and beautiful holes is time:
Ample of time just to sit with one bead.





 
 




 

Harmonies of the Hues

 

FAB 36 - Aprox. age: 3.500 years

 
A wonderful three colored bead with a golden angel motif. It has stunning artistic banding and color tones.




 
 




 
 

Whorl of Wisdom

 

FAB 37 - 18 * 10 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.500 years


A multi colored late Indus bead with a beautiful golden angle motif.




 
 






 

The Spearhead

 

FAB 38  - 25,5 * 12,5 mm  - Aprox. age: 4.000 years


Early Indus Valley bead




 
 




 


Timeless Twinkle

 

FAB 39  - 29,5 * 12 mm - Aprox. age: 4.000 years



Early Indus Valley bead



 
 




 



Twisted Tale
 

 

FAB 40 - 25 *17 *6,5 mm - Aprox. age: 4.000 years

 





 

 



 


Tiers of Timelessness


 

FAB 41 - 26,5 * 12 mm - Aprox. age: 4.000 years

 





 

 


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Gaze of the Ancients



 

FAB 42  - 26 * 8 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years

 
Late Indus Valley bead




 

 


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Insightful Inlay

 

FAB 43 - (EIV  44) - 45 * 14 mm  - Aprox. age: 4.000 years


Early Indus Valley bead




 

 


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Glimpse of the Gods

Not for sale

 

FAB 44  - 47 * 10,5 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.700 years


A beautiful large holed survivor in agate with an awesome crystal formation.
This ancient beauty has furthermore been colored by the earth it has slept in. Early Indus Valley




 

 


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Infinite Cascade

 

FAB 45 - 53 * 14 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.700 years


Early Indus Valley bead




 

 


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Celestial Cornea


 

FAB 46 -  45 * 12 mm -  Aprox. age: 3.700 years


Early Indus Valley bead with a crystalline eye





 

 


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Time's Tapestry


 

FAB 47 - 42 * 10 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.700 years


Early Indus Valley bead




 

 


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Spectral Seer

 

FAB 48 - 39 * 10 mm - Aprox. age: 3.700 years



Early Indus Valley bead




 

 


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Insightful Infinity
 

 

FAB 49  - 33 * 10 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.700 years


Early Indus Valley bead




 

 



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Ancient Whisper
 

FAB 50 - 30,5 * 7 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.700 years


Early Indus Valley bead





 

 




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Sight of the Sages

 

FAB 51  - 29 * 6 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.700 years


In this early Indus Valley bead the volume of the hole exceeds the volume of the stone material!

 


 

 



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Peering Past

 

FAB 52 - 33,5 * 8,5 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.700 years


Early Indus Valley bead




 

 


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The Flat Earther
 

FAB 53 - 40,5 * 39 * 10,5 mm  - Aprox. age: 5.500 years


Early Indus Valley bead

 


 

 








Galactic Stone Bone
 

FAB 55 - 35 * 35 * 29 mm  - Aprox. age: 6.000 years


A strange bead I must say. It has a very unusual shape and in the hand it almost feels organic.
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All-Seeing Ancestral Amulet

 

FAB 56 - 34,5 * 9 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.700 years


The calcification in the old Indus fellow has turned him into something even more beautiful than he was in his youth. Early Indus Valley bead




 

 



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Swirl of Secrets
 

FAB 57 - 33,5 * 9,5 mm  - Aprox. age: 5.500 years


Early Indus Valley bead



 

 




Coil of Creation

 

FAB 58 - 25 * 10 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.500 years







 

 


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Oracle's Optic

 

FAB 59  - 28 * 11,5 mm   - Aprox. age: 3.000 years







 

 



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Look of Lore
 

FAB 60  - 32 * 10 mm  - Aprox. age:  3.500 years


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Survival of the Softest

Sandstone beads, with their unique texture and relative softness on the Mohs scale, play an unmissable role in the chronicle of bead-making. In the epochs predating the Indus civilization, the techniques for working with tougher materials like agate and jasper were not yet fully matured. However, the ease of crafting sandstone beads shouldn't obscure the artistic sophistication involved - such craftsmanship demanded a subtle hand and meticulous attention to the minutest details.

The sandstone bead showcased here is an extraordinary specimen - perfectly preserved, it exhibits delicate, naturally formed bands, evoking the patterns seen in agate. Originating from an era preceding the Indus Valley civilization, this bead carries an aura of deep historical significance. It stands as a testament to the longevity of sandstone beads which, despite their inherent fragility, are among the oldest known bead types, their origin reaching back to periods even before the rise of the illustrious Indus civilization.

The question of how such a fragile object, hewn from relatively soft sandstone, could withstand the test of millennia is fascinating. I attribute its survival to a serendipitous alignment of conditions and chance. The enduring presence of this bead underscores the unpredictability and inspiring resilience of these ancient artifacts. Or maybe there were just so many of them that a few had the luck to survive.

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FAB 61  - 30 *  7,5 mm - Sandstone bead - Aprox. age: 5.500 years






 

 


 

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Spectrum of Sediment
 
 

FAB 64  - 32 * 9 mm  - Sandstone - Aprox. age:  5.000 years







 
 

 




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Bands of Being

 

FAB 65 - 39 * 8,5 mm  - Green Jasper with Bands - Aprox. age: 4.000 years







 

 



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Eye of Mordor
 

Here we have yet another exceptional specimen - a multicolored agate bead that captivates the observer with its fascinating visual complexity. The focal point of this piece is an infinitely dark, dangerous looking eye, a hauntingly beautiful motif that pulls you into its mysterious depth. This mesmerizing symbol, often interpreted as a protective emblem in many ancient cultures, is artfully placed within the confines of a fiery, sharp, and golden rhombic pattern.
 
This bead's color palette is a visual feast, a medley of hues ranging from intense, almost smoky blacks, through to fiery reds and golden yellows. These colors, vibrant yet harmonious, work together to enhance the striking geometry of the rhombic pattern. It's a design that teems with energy, radiating outward from the dark eye at its center, creating an irresistible visual tension.
 
 

FAB 66 - 26 * 16 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.000 years

 








 

 



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Gaze of the Guardian

 

FAB 67 - 23 * 16 mm  - Aprox. age:  3.000 years

 
Note the strong contrasts in this dramatic two eyed sulemani bead in soft blue, strong white and black colors. the two eyes consists of layers of concentric circles made of thin black lines


 
 


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Watcher of Worlds

 

FAB 68  - 21,5 * 17 * 14,5 mm  - Aprox. age:  3.000 years


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.

 


 

 



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Spectral Sphere

 

FAB 69  - 24,5 * 11 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.000 years


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!

 
 

 




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Ancient Iris of the Eagle

 

FAB 70  - 29 mm  - Aprox. age:  1.500 years







 

 



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Triangular Circles
 

FAB 71 - 20 mm  - Aprox. age:  4.000 years








 

 



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Ribbons of Reality
 

 

FAB  - 31 * 11 mm  - Aprox. age:  3.000 years


A wonderful ancient translucent natural banded Chung DZI bead with a unique 'patina'. It 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 treatment.


 

 


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Strata of Time
 

FAB 72 - 30 * 10 mm  - Aprox. age:  3.000 years


 





 

 


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Sage's Sight

 

FAB 73 - 23,5 * 10,5 mm  - Aprox. age:  2.500 years


 





 

 



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All-Seeing Agate
 

FAB 74 - 19 * 10 mm  - Aprox. age:  3.000 years








 

 



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Timeless Twinkle
 

FAB 75 - 18 * 12,5 * 5,5 mm  - Aprox. age:  4.000 years








 

 



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Echoes of Eons

 

FAB  76 - 19 * 8,5 mm  - Aprox. age:  3.500 years


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Spin of the Sages
 

FAB  77 - 20 * 14 * 10 mm  - Aprox. age:  3.500 years






 

 



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Eyes of Essence
 

FAB 78 - 22 * 12,5 * 8,5 mm  - Aprox. age: 3.500 years






 

 



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The Story Telling Stone
 

FAB 79   - 25 * 20 * 7 mm - Aprox. age: 3.500 years






 

 



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Jewels of Journeys
 

 

FAB 80  - Top left bead: 16 * 14 * 5 mm - Aprox. age: 3.500 years






 

 



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Visionary Vortex
 



 
 

FAB 81 - SANAT 1 - 47 * 13 mm - Aprox. age: 4.500 years



The largest Yoni bead I have ever seen!
This super rare Indus bead is made out of a material resembling amazonite.






 

 

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