As always I enjoy what you mention historical about beads.
These beads are very nice etched carnelian. I was wondering
If we could imagine that tree as Sypres because it has been a
Symbol of long life in ancient time.as you said tree of life.every where
In perspolise we can see that also on seals.and round etched bead with fots
Could be Sun and stars and moon in the center. As worshipping sun has
Been comon in ancient time.i thought secnc sun behind lion has been just
In ancient persia.but I saw that on indian and turkish ancient coins.
Thx for posting nice beads and information
Merry x mas