Friday, October 28, 2011





Ancient Indo-Tibetan agate
26 mm x 16 mm




Ancient Indo-Tibetan banded agate bead.
34 mm x 11 mm





Ancient Indo-Tibetan banded agate bead.
(one end is damaged and worn smooth
from possibly centuries of wear)
32 mm x13 mm


Ancient Serpentine Bead
Western Asiatic
19 mm x 6 mm

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


A small matched pair of ancient two stripe Chong dZi. 
Sourced in Nepal.
18 mm x 6 mm

A perfect pair of ancient decorated agates
(also known as Longevity dZi because the 
decoration resembles the shell of a turtle).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011





This is a portion of a damaged ancient 12 eye dZi bead.
Six eyes still remain on this bead.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Ancient Phum dZi
18 mm x 12 mm


Above: Banded agate detail.


The above pendant bead was sourced from Thailand a couple
of years ago. This piece was believed to be ancient by the seller,
however, I believe this is a newly created piece. New or old
it is still a magnificient piece of agate!
72 mm x 31 mm

Large ancient Tasso dZi.
28.5 mm x 13 mm


A long ancient carnelian bicone bead (Western Asiatic)
55 mm x 12 mm (at widest point)

Ancient Rock Crystal Beads (Western Asiatic)

Ancient Dvaravati Agate with gold end caps. 
86 mm x 8 mm

Thursday, October 20, 2011


A newly created hand carved hexagonal tabular bead.
This tourmaline bead measures only 13 mm
and is carved with Amitabha Buddha on both sides.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


A masterful portrait of a young Tibetan by the 
Chinese photograher Zhuang Xueben.
Tibet, 1930s.

A Tibetan woman with a necklace of coral and dZi.
Yushu, Tibet. 1937. Photo by Zhuang Xueben

A Tibetan woman wearing a necklace of 
coral and Tiger dZi. 1936
Photo by Zhuang Xueben

Friday, October 14, 2011


Ancient Pumtek stone bead with zig zag decoration.
Pyu/Tircul Period, Burma.
17 mm x 10 mm

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Housed in the Morgan Library Museum, USA.
Mesopotamian Agate Eye Bead
3.84 cm diameter

Friday, October 07, 2011



Ancient Tabular Banded Agate Bead
24 mm x 20 x 9 mmm

Ancient agate bead.
21 mm x 15 mm

Ancient banded agate bead.
18 mm x 11 mm

Ancient Tasso dZi bead 
17 mm x 10 mm

Monday, October 03, 2011


Above: A new dZi bead from Taiwan. Displaying the sacred swastika decoration. Swastika is an ancient sanskrit word (Sanskrit: स्वस्तिक) that means auspicious or well being. I have seen several ancient tabular dZi (see bead on right) that display swastika decorations, however, they are extremely rare.  Some of the earliest forms of the swastika come from the Indus Valley civilisation (3300–1300 BCE). In the Yungdrung Bön tradition of Tibet, the swastika is considered to be an ancient symbol of indestructibility and represents the very essence of the wisdom of Bön. Indeed the name Yungdrung is the Tibetan word for swastika, which may have its roots in the ancient language of Zhang Zhung. It is also a sacred symbol in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.


Above: Ancient Carnelian with the swastika decoration.
size approx 9.8 mm


Above: A Bön lineage initiation card

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