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 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.

 


 

 


 


 

 



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'.
It 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!
 

 


        
 

 

The powerful King 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.

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RB  1  -  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 3  
(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.
 
 



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Windhorse from Patan


 

 
 
 

 
Ashokas wheel
  
RB  23 - 19 * 18 * 5 mm - SOLD
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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.
 

 

 

 



 
 

 

 



 
 


 

   
   
 
   

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