A magnificent ancient Chong dZi with four stripes. Blood spots can also be seen under magnification.
This particular type of Chong (Tibetan Wylie: mChong) is mostly associated with Tibet and the Himalayan regions. Tibetans value this type of Chong dZi more than other decorated agates that were traded to Tibet in ancient times from India and elsewhere. These unique Himalayan beads have become incredibly scarce and they now seldom come into the marketplace for sale.
Condition: Very Good with weathering commensurate with age.
There is a minor nik at one of the ends (last photo).
No breaks or repairs.
Size: 45 mm x 11.5 mm
Age: 1000 BCE to 300 CE