- Museum number
Large, long bicone bead of polished brown and white banded agate in two pieces, with a perforation drilled from either end that meets slightly off-centre in the middle. It is probably an amulet as it is allied in shape, form and material to Tibetan dZi beads.
- Production date
- 1stC (circa)
Diameter: 13 millimetres
Length: 47 millimetres (complete piece)
- Curator's comments
- One half of the bead was found in relic deposits 'Box 7', tray South Kensiington Museum no.1104/India Museum no.14: 'Stone ornaments &c. Fragments of'. According to A.W. Franks' 1880 list: 'Stone beads, ruby &c.' The tray also contained the turquoise heart-shaped inlay from Bimaran Stupa 2 (see 1880.3893.k). The other half of this biconical bead was found in relic deposits 'Box 6', tray South Kensington Museum no.1101/India Museum no.22: 'Piece of agate, two beads and fragments of stone'. It is listed by Franks as 'Two stone beads, bronze seal &c.' Tray no.1101/no.22 was found to contain only one half of the agate bead, the seal and fragments of grey ash (?) (1880.3893.i-j). For documentation of South Kensington Museum no.1104/India Museum no.14, see 1880.3893.a. For two other agate bicone beads, see 1880.3699e, 1880.3992.h).
- On display (G33/dc51a/s1)
- Chipped and in two pieces. The break is modern.
Scientific Research KR12: drill holes cleaned and moulds taken 14-16 January 2014.
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1101 (India Museum no.)
Miscellaneous number: 1104 ((1) South Kensington Museum no.)
Miscellaneous number: 14 (India Museum no. (2) South Kensington Museum no.)
Miscellaneous number: 22