Re: Your Weird Bead
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Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
09/21/2018, 19:52:34

I wonder if you can explain the eyes more fully. Are they (or one of them) actually the perforation of the bead? Is one eye connected to the other as a same-side perforation? If this were the case, the resemblance to a face would tend to be absent if the bead were strung.

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.


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