Ancient Carnelian Stone Beads - Picture Collection 35

Carnelian trade beads

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A superb collection of Ancient Stone .. mostly Carnelian .. Bicone Discs and Barrels
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One of the first types of Indian commercially produced beads, which were supplied to traders world-wide, from as long as 2,500 years ago.
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Originally, naturally occurring agate .. impregnated with iron impurities .. was found in central  India in the river bed of the Narmada River. Hand-shaping and processing by heating at Khambat (Cambay) .. produced beads in a variety of red / brown colours.
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The beads  .. graduating from 4 x 12 to 11 x 28 mm on this extra long 33 ins / 84 cm strand
were found in Mali.

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