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Ancient White Agate Barrel Beads with Lapis Lazuli


Swat Valley


Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 20 inches (50.7 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 17 gm.







A necklace of thirty-three white agate barrel beads and thirty-four lapis lazuli cylinder beads. The center agate bead has a rounded profile. The smaller agate barrels have straight slopes. The center bead is 1.55 cm in length, 6.9 mm in width at the center and 3 mm wide at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 1 mm. The center bead is about two thousand years old. The smaller barrel shaped beads are considerably older, about three to four thousand years old. The largest one is 9 mm in length, 5.3 mm in width at the center and 3.5 mm at the ends. The large diameter drill hole, 3 mm, indicates early Bronze Age drilling techniques. The smallest barrel bead is just 5 mm in length and 4 mm in width with a 1.5 mm drill hole diameter. The lapis lazuli cylinder beads range from 7.5 mm in length, 5 mm in width, to 5 mm in length and 3.5 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 1 mm 1.5 mm. The agate beads are small in scale, crisp in form and very precisely made. Contrasting them with the dark blue lapis lazuli beads in an alternating pattern allows them to show their attributes to good advantage.