REMARKABLE ANCIENT BEADS
First of all I consider my Indus beads, both
the early and
the late to be remarkable.
However... To do justice to beads from other periods and places I have made
this section. Displayed here you will find a variety of what I
would consider as remarkable non-Indus beads.
Most of them are from
700 B.C. up to the Gupta period 320 A.D. According to my friend
and bead specialist Malik Hakila the art of bead making went
into a decline with the Gupta period.
Form, design/motif & color
How a remarkable bead should look like is of course a subjective
matter. For people in China the bead has to be perfect without
damage. For me the bead in certain cases increases its beauty by
imperfection. However it has to be either unusual in form,
design, motif, color and/or
in the story it can tell us. As a thumb rule a remarkable
displays 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.
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
discover marvelous patterns and colors so far hidden
from the eyes of normal everyday attention. Beads are miniature
What more can you find here? Let me tell you what I found... We
consist of infinite small moments. If we want to change,
if we want to rewire our hardwired brain, we need to focus on
what we do in the micro world. It is this little extra piece of
sugar I put in my morning coffee every day that matters. Micro
moments accumulate big fat mountains in time and therefore I
stopped putting this little harmless piece of sugar in my
coffee. After a few years of small insignificant non sugar
moments it became a habit that resulted in a slim version of me.
Some of the
A really rare Ancient Talisman.
A slender multicolored Mauryan eye bead!
RB 1 - 31 * 7 mm Not for
sale Click on the pictures for larger image
What a beautiful and slim bead!
In a high quality crafted bead like this nothing is accidental. I have
to marvel at the composition in this agate bead. It is a
powerful demonstration of ancient abstract art work. Note the
many different colors in organic and hence not sterile symmetry.
I have named this bead The perfection of organic symmetry.
The perfection of
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.
Furthermore a pattern does not need to be symmetrical to gain my
interest. 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.
RB 2 - 38 * 9,5 * 8 mm
I have never seen a bead like the
specimen displayed above. The top of this awesome multicolored
eye agate bead is shining like a precious stone! Furthermore it
is perfect even seen through Chinese eyes. I am not against
perfection as such.
I call this bead The Stone Rose.
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
RB 3 - 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.
RB 4 - 23 * 16 mm
strong contrasts in this
bead in soft blue, strong white and black
I call this bead
Duality in unity.
RB 5 - 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
RB 6 - 24,5 * 11 mm
The patina of 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 circles of 'I'
47 * 13
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RB 8 -
38 * 15 mm
The pattern in this
fractal. The same is true for landscapes and continents. With a
little imagination I can see
Africa or South America in the central motif. In the left eye
formation I see a person with crossed legs in Meditation. My
conclusion on a meta level: I am a fractal. It takes a fractal
to know one.
I call this bead
The Fractality of Me
RB 9 -
35 * 10 mm - SOLD
I call this large holed
* 9 mm
* 8 mm
* 12,5 mm
* 13 mm
* 9,5 mm
* 14 mm
* 15 * 8,5 mm
RB 7 & 8 are Early Indus
beads. Why have I chosen to display these two beads in the
remarkable bead section? In a way all the Indus beads are more
than remarkable! However RB 7 attracts me - maybe due to it
bluish colors. In fact I don't know why.
The repetetive geometric patterns on this variegated jasper
Indus-bead speaks for itself. The bead is scarred, but it still
manages to pass on the ancient message of beauty understood as
order in chaos.
RB 10 -
39 * 20 * 9 mm Not for
I call this bead The
In the case of RB 8 I have chosen to display it here because
there is an animal engraved in the bead. This is very very rare.
I have only seen one other Indus bead with an engrave. It
displays a bull motif and belongs to Mr. Tira in Bangkok. You
can see it here:
The animal shown on RB 8 cannot
be identified with certainty. However due to its long tail it
resembles a predator, in which case it most probably would be be a cheetah.
Terra cotta - Quetta, Pakistan
The cheetah can as the only member of
of the big cats, be tamed. Note the rope around
the neck of the cheetah. The Indus people used
domesticated cheetahs for the purpose of hunting.
RB 11 -
38 * 9 mm
The left end of this bead has been cut
However I am intrigued by the translucent color shine it still displays.
It will continue to shine to the last crack.
THE MESOPOTAMIAN MYSTERY - THE WORLDS SMALLEST 3-EYE
RB 12 - 8,5 * 3,5 * 2,5 mm
How strange it may sound... I found this
tiny 3-eyed bead in a plastic bag of broken beads that followed a lot of
Indus beads I purchased in Bangkok. On the photo above you can see the
content of the bag including this tiny eye bead. The bead is in such
good condition that it even could pass the test of being examined by
I have never seen such a bead before. It was indeed a mystery. However
came when I at the Bangkok bead fair 2017 observed similar beads on a
bead timeline board made by
Li Yu, MA, lecturer at Sichuan University and
Han Muzhe, PHD student, Central China Normal University. They
explained to me that this type of tiny eye beads were manufactured in
ancient Mesopotamia and then exported to the Indus Valley.
I have baptized this bead: The Mesopotamian Mystery
This tiny 3-eyed bead reminds me of
the very small steatite beads, often not more than on
millimeter, found in Harappa. These almost microscopic beads
show extraordinary skill and patience in their manufacture, a
skill similar to the one used in the eye bead above.
THE KING BEAD
RB - KB
- 74 * 64 * 36 mm
From one extreme to the
other... I have named
this colossal bead The King Bead.
This is a highly unusual bead. I guess
this is the only one of its kind. Note how
the color of the backside of the bead has been changed
by generations of contact with human skin. I would call
this a wonderful patina made by sweat of Kings.
This remarkable bead does not stand
out because of its patterns or due to variations in color. On
the contrary it is uniform. However here the pure and
even material becomes a virtue in itself. Such a large pattern less
without any change is in itself an almost impossible
The beautiful green stone is in itself a rare gem. Only
in the most rare cases you will find a pure even and homogeneous
stone in this size!
The shape of this unique ancient bead forms an abstract stylized tortoise. This is no coincidence. The tortoise is an incarnation of the god Vishnu, the God that upholds the balance on earth and in human civilizations, and this is exactly the task for the good king.
My guess is that this huge bead has served as a
Royal Insignia worn by a line of Hindu Kings somewhere in
ancient India. This can be substantiated by the ancient text
Brihatsamhita that states that a King should keep a tortoise
as an auspicious sign.
(Distinctive Beads in Ancient India, Maurya Jyotsna p.47)
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RB 13 - 31 * 11 mm Not for
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
RB 12 - a: 16,5 * 6,5
b: 14 * 6
c: 15 * 6
love these small multicolored ancient agate beads! I have named
them The Trinity of
* 7 mm
And here a remarkable little variegated jasper
bead with an unusual color blend.
I have called this bead The Servant of God
Lapis Lazuli seal beads from Nepal
Displayed below you can see some very unique seal beads
in a very high quality of lapis Lazuli. The bead to the
left has a typical motive from the
ancient city Patan, the Buddhist Wind Horse. As
Wikipedia point out the Wind Horse has served as a
symbol for the human soul in the shamanistic tradition
of East Asia and Central Asia. The bead to the right
displays a King doing a sacrificial religious ritual.
RB 14A -
32 * 28 * 5 mm - RB 12B
(RB 14A is SOLD)
The backside of these remarkable
Lapis lazuli Seal Seads from Patan displays a
Buddhist lotus motive going back to reign of Malla Kings (before 1768). My guess is that this motive is typical for the clan of Sakya Newar Buddhist from Patan.
Also the Wind Horse motive points towards the Nevar
Buddhist culture of Patan in the sense that the Wind
Horses displayed as statues in Patan also have wings
like we can observe on the bead.
of the beads Click on pictures for larger image