REMARKABLE ANCIENT BEADS - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Displayed on this page you will find a variety of what I
would consider as remarkable beads.
The beads displayed in
the first part of this section are either unusual in form/shape/color
& beauty or in the
stories they can tell us.
A really rare Ancient Talisman.
A slender multicolored Mauryan eye bead!
RB 1 - 31 * 7 mm
I have to marvel at the composition layers in this bead.
In a quality bead like this nothing is accidental.
It is ancient abstract art.
RB 2 -
38 * 15 mm
The yellow pattern is fractal. The
same is true for landscapes and continents.
I see Africa or South America in the central motif. In the left eye
I see a person with crossed legs in Meditation. My conclusion on a meta
I am a fractal. It takes a fractal to know one.
38 * 9 mm
This bead has a crack to the left.
However I am intrigued by the translucent color shine it displays.
Below a wonderful
ancient translucent natural Chung DZI bead with a unique 'patina'.
displays dual, almost 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. I would call these beads 'art beads'.
aba 4 - 31 * 11 mm
Love these small multicolored ancient agate beads!
Bead The colossal King bead displayed below is such a bead. I
have never seen anything like this bead before. Note how
the color of the backside of the bead has been changed
by generations of contact with human skin.
Many of the
- 74 * 64 * 36 mm
The shape of this unique and huge ancient bead forms a 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)
The beautiful green
Chalcedony stone is in itself a rare gem. Only in the most rare cases you will find a pure
even and homogeneous green
Chalcedony stone in this size!
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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 2 -
32 * 28 * 5 mm -
(RB 2 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
Windhorse from Patan
Ashokas wheel RB 23
- 19 * 18 * 5 mm - SOLD Click on picture for larger image
The eightfold teachings of the Buddha's first preaching in Sarnath,
India. The famous King Ashoka made this wheel the symbol
for his large empire. This very rare jet stone bead has two holes.