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Ancient Agate Barrel Beads with Lapis Lazuli and Quartz


Swat Valley


Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 22 inches (56 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 38.5 gm.







A necklace of thirty-two agate barrel beads alternating with thirty-four round lapis lazuli beads with a longer lapis lazuli bead at the center. The center bead is slightly flattened in form with a flat face on the front and back side. The bead is 1.85 cm in length, 1 cm in width and 6.8 mm in thickness. The drill hole diameter is 2.8 mm. The roundish lapis beads to either side are 6 mm in length and 7.5 mm in diameter. The round lapis beads graduate in size to the back of the necklace down to 5 mm in diameter. The agate barrel beads are also graduated: the larger ones are 1.2 cm in length and 8 mm in diameter and the smallest is 7 mm in length and 6 mm in diameter. Most of the short barrel beads have drill holes of 3 mm which is diagnostic for early Bronze Age drilling technology. So although the lapis beads may be about one thousand years later, the agate barrel beads are four thousand years old. The beading tips and clasp are Fine (999) silver.