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Longest ancient agate beads known to me. Please post your long agate beads and lets compare
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Posted by: Metateman Post Reply
01/13/2020, 12:43:48

Hello to the group. I am posting pictures of some of my long beads. I am hopeful other members will share their thoughts on my long beads and long beads in general made from agate and I am not 100% about the white one.

So please submit your pictures of long agate beads.

Next to show my long zi bead almost 6 inches and after that to post my banded agate long beads from 1 1/2 to 4 inches

Please can anyone in the group speak to the rarity of the long agate beads depending on source material and craftsmanship involved to make such long beads.

I have been told in the past the holes were drilled first the the bead shaped?? Any comments??

Ok I hope everyone will enjoy my pictures of a few of my beads

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Re: Longest ancient agate beads known to me. Please post your long agate beads and lets compare -- Metateman Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Metateman Post Reply
01/13/2020, 12:51:49

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Not Ancient, But Impressive
Re: Longest ancient agate beads known to me. Please post your long agate beads and lets compare -- Metateman Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
01/13/2020, 18:25:42

From my FB page, 2011—this is a detail photo from the Timeline exhibit at The Bead Museum in AZ—where I installed three beads from Khambat (Cambay), India. These had been made to the specifications of Mark Kennoyer—who gave them to me in the late-'80s/early-'90s. The top mottled carnelian bead is ca. 3.25" or 8cm long—and at that time was the second-longest bead they made for him. And these beads were expressly made to copy ancient Harappan beads from ca. 5,000 years ago. JDA.

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Please observe the beautiful bead hole wear on the almost 6" long bead.
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Posted by: metateman Post Reply
01/14/2020, 14:36:06

I will be posting more pictures of the bead hole wear on the other beads later. Not so easy to get clear pictures that show the detail of the wear not only inside the hole itself but of the ends of the beads showing contact wear.

more later this picture is almost as good as actual bead in hand??!!

Pictures of long beads welcome.

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2 more bead hole pictures not the best but ok
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Posted by: metateman Post Reply
01/14/2020, 17:07:32

2 more bead holes pictures
very difficult to take but they give you a good idea of many years of use

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