Rare etched ancient carnelian beads strand Afghanistan BE/19/3
A beautiful 48cm strand of ancient, carnelian beads all different, all with hand drilled holes and the patterns etched with soda, perhaps thousands of years ago. I don't know the exact origin or age of these beads, but similar were made in the Indus valley 3000 bc, and seriously prized for the skill in making and for religious purposes. There's a carved carnelian pumpkin shape bead as well, not etched, but also really REALLY old.
If you hold them up to the light, you'll see that the holes don't meet up easily in the middle, which shows they were hand drilled over a long slow process. This is NOT A FINISHED NECKLACE.It is threaded on string that is meant to be discarded, and the little brass beads between each, are there to protect the beads from damage. Thread them with gold, wow! Length is 48cms end to end. Smallest bead is 5mm, largest 20mmx10mm. This is the last of these highly collectible beads in my stash. Fantastic for a jewellery project of your own. All my pieces have dings, dents, signs of wear and tear. If there's a serious flaw, I'll show you in the photos so examine them carefully. I don't polish them, I'll leave that to you, the new custodian! Enjoy your fabulous new piece of history. The item "Rare etched ancient carnelian beads strand Afghanistan BE/19/3" is in sale since Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Tribal, Ethnic Jewellery". The seller is "savannacaravan2012" and is located in Robertson NSW. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Jewellery Type: Beads
- Main Stone: Carnelian
- Metal: No Metal
- Metal Purity: Unknown
- Material: Stone
- Country of Origin: Afghanistan
- Main Colour: Orange