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Ancient Agate Strand w/ Taxila Leech Bead Pendant 18
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Ancient Agate Strand w/ Taxila Leech Bead Pendant 18

Ancient Agate Strand w/ Taxila Leech Bead Pendant 18" c. 400-100 BC

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Composed of naturally banded agate and carnelian beads, this strand features a classic "leech" bead as a pendant. Drilling these beads required starting perforations at each end to form a "V" shape that met in the middle. These beads are usually worn strung horizontaly as opposed to the way this one is strung. Creating the thin long beads on this strand out of relatively hard agate was an extremely arduous task in ancient times.

Beads of this quality have only been documented in a few places, including the Royal Tombs at Ur (2600-2100 BC), but these may have been made in Afghanistan or northern India as late as 400 BC. Ancient Middle Eastern lapidaries were known for their ability to shape and polish stones to showcase their natural banding and beauty. The small rhomboid bead with white and brown bands is an example of a classic ancient style. The central leech bead also showchases lovely scalloped designs on one side.

The beads on this strand range from 23 x 13 mm for the banded bead at the bottom, to 4 x 5 mm for the smallest beads.Purchased from an Afghan dealer in the early 1990s these beads have been in a private collection since that time and represent quality very rarely found on the market today. They have been examined and authenticated by two top bead researchers in the US.

Price: $900.00 (strand) Qty: Add to Cart



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