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Viewing both sides, my first impression is that these are wheel-cut carnelian—and this is something often from Afghanistan, made for the fake antiquities market.
Further, sometimes these cut pieces are filled with a white material, to make the beads appear to be chemically-decorated (what was formerly called "etching" as a euphemism). Your bead appears to have been prepared for the filling, but was not filled. Plus, imitations with a cross-hatched pattern are known.