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Ancient Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Agate, and Turquoise Beads


Swat Valley


Agate, Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Silver


The necklace is 20 inches (53 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 16.5 gm.







A necklace of twenty-nine short barrel beads of agate and carnelian alternating with thirty lapis lazuli cylinder shaped beads, the two types separated by sixty turquoise disc beads. The center barrel bead is 9 mm in length and 5.5 mm in width at the widest point. The diameter of the drill hole is 2.8 mm. The smallest agate barrel bead at the back is 6.9 mm in length and 3.5 mm in width with a drill hole diameter of 1.5 mm. The beads graduate is size from front to back: most of the agate barrels are around7 mm in length. The lapis lazuli beads are similar in size: 7 mm in length and 5 mm in width down to 4 mm in length and 3.5 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are around 2 mm. The turquoise discs are 2 mm 2.9 mm in length and 3 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 1 mm. The large drill holes are indicative of an early age and these beads are probably about three thousand years old from the Bronze Age in what is now present day Afghanistan.