A rare quality new agate bead that was sourced many years ago from a bead dealer in China. We first noticed a handful of these beads appear in Nepal around 10 years ago and they were then being sold in the marketplace as ancient. At this time they also had a selling price of more than $1000 each.
This dark agate bead displays stripes and a zig zag decoration. It was probably designed to resemble beads found in Burma and dating to the Pyu/Tircul period. It is also possible that the agate bead itself is old and the decoration has been added more recently. It would make a lovely focal bead on a necklace.
Condition: Mostly very good with minir end niks.
Size: 35mm x 14mm (approx)