Friday, March 30, 2012





A rare tabular glass eye bead.
Sourced in India in the 1970s.
27 mm x 8 mm (depth)


Large ancient Chong dZi with repair.
The bead displays a large square 
decoration and end stripes.
Collected in India in the 1970s.
53 mm x 12 mm

Ancient single stripe Chong dZi
18 mm x 9 mm



Ancient single stripe Chong dZi
26.08 mm x 10.50 mm



Ancient single stripe Chong dZi
18 mm x 10.10 mm


Ancient single stripe Chong dZi
18 mm x 9 mm
 

Ancient single stripe Chong dZi
Very similar quality to some of the ancient
round 'decorated' Bhaisajyaguru dZi.
19 mm x 13 mm

 

Ancient single stripe Chong dZi
Very similar quality to some of the ancient
round 'decorated' Bhaisajyaguru dZi.
24 mm x 11 mm


Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Collected in India in the 1970s
29 mm x 8 mm

Ancient three stripe Chong dZi
25 mm x 8 mm

Ancient Phum dZi
27 mm x 14 mm




Ancient 'decorated' Bhaisajyaguru dZi
17 mm

Ancient Phum dZi
33 mm x 16 mm


Ancient Phum dZi
34 mm x 16 mm


decoration detail

Front

Reverse



Above: Various chank shell ornaments collected in India in the 1970s.

Thursday, March 29, 2012



Above: Antique aluminium bead with a zig zag and dot decoration.
There is considerable wear at the perforations from being strung.
Sourced in India in the 1970s. 37.05 mm x 11.78 mm 



Wednesday, March 28, 2012





 Above: Various antique glass beads designed to imitate banded agate 
or decorated agates similar to Chong dZi.
Collected in India in the 1970s.




Ancient two stripe Chong dZi.
Collected in India in the 1970s.


Ancient Four Stripe Chong dZi
Collected in India in the  1970s
32.19 mm x 10.19 mm


Ancient Chong dZi with four white stripes. 
Comparable decorated agate beads have
also been discovered in Burma.
Collected in India in the 1970s
38.92 mm x 11.30 mm









The above beads were collected in the 1970s from Pakistan. Apparently there was a stone bead maker working at that time who transformed old islamic agate amulets into these beautiful agate beads by recarving and re-drilling them. The top photo shows a bead that is extremely large at 81 mm x 45 mm. They are flat beads with a depth of around 5 mm.

The late Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche is seen here wearing 
a necklace of various ancient dZi beads.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Ancient jasper disc beads. 
Sourced in Nepal.


This is an antique imitation dZi bead made from bowenite and most likely coming from China. As a result of being worn and handled they are usually found with very faint decoration because it has rubbed off over time. This shows that the decoration does not penetrate deep into the surface of the bead and indicates they are not decorated in the same way as true dZi beads. Here the stone is merely chemically stained on the surface. Five eyes can still be seen on this bead but quite often there is no sign of any eyes or decoration on the bead. They are believed to be 19th C creations and this particular bead was collected in India in the 1970s.

20.53 mm x 15.51 mm