Large Stone Bead, China
Ancient agate (or marble?) bead, found in China and dated to the Western Han Period (206BCE – 25CE), but probably going back to the Mesopotamian and Indus valley period and travelled later to Far East.
Beautiful patina and colour, onthe side there are some tracks of pyrite, visible also in the pictures.
See “A Bead Timeline”, J.W. Lankton, Bead Museum of Washington, 2003, page 34, picture 3.4
- from hole to hole: 24mm.
- diameter: 31mm.
- weight: 33grms.