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Ancient Agate Barrel Beads with Lapis, Carnelian, and Agate Pendant


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Agate, Silver


The necklace is 20 inches (50.3 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 55.2 gm.







A necklace of nine agate beads, one of which is a tear-dropped shape pendant, spaced by groups of lapis lazuli and carnelian beads. There are fourteen lapis lazuli beads and twenty-two carnelian beads. The pendant bead is 2.7 cm in height and 8.8 mm in thickness (from side to side), tapering to 6 mm wide at the perforation. The drill hole diameter is 2 mm. The front to back thickness at the widest point is 1.12 cm. The pendant is 5 mm in diameter at the very top. The carnelian beads vary in shape- some are barrel shaped, some are bi-cones, and some are slightly flattened spheres. The pair of bi-cones at either side of the center pendant bead are 1.3 cm in length, 8.5 mm in width at the center and 5 mm wide at the ends with a hole diameter of 3 mm. The lapis beads are rough rectangular solids except for four flattened “wing” beads, so called because they are much wider than they are long and are tapered from the center to the edges. The pair towards the center of the necklace are 8.5 mm in length, 1.55 cm in width and 4.5 mm in thickness at the center, tapering to a rounded edge of about 3 mm. The drill hole diameters are 2 mm. These beads come from the Swat Valley in what is now northern Pakistan, between the Indus River and the Karakoram Mountain range to the north. The beading tips and hook and eye clasp are fine silver.