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Here you will find ancient and antique prized stone beads from Burma. Including Pumtek and other stone beads believed to be from the Pyu/Tircul period or earlier.

The word Pumtek means 'buried thunderbolt' in the Chin language and is currently the most widely adopted name for this unique group of beads. In much the same way that the word dZi (Wylie: gZi) is the generic name for a large variety of decorated stone beads found in Tibet and the Himalayan regions. They were originally crafted in ancient times and can display a wealth of line decorated designs that are not found elsewhere. The Chin also have individual names for each bead type and the rarer designs are highly valued.

Pumtek are also unusual because they are created from silicified wood (also known as opalised, fossilised or petrified wood) and in some cases agate or chalcedony. This material is indigenous to Burma and Pumteks are therefore very distinct from other stone beads found in Asia. Pumtek have also traveled to neighboring countries, such as India and Thailand. Today they are mainly seen on heirloom necklaces belonging to the Chin (also known as Kuki), a tribal group that can be found spread out from Northwestern Burma to Northeastern India.

The earliest Pumtek (often highly contrasted black and white decorated stone beads) possibly date to 400 BCE. Early 20th century Burmese bead makers also adopted the name Pumtek for their own newly created fossil wood beads. These beads were designed to replicate the Pumtek found on their much prized heirloom necklaces. Wearing these beads was seen as a display of position and wealth within the tribe and they also acted as protective amulets.
Perhaps it was also believed that they were imbued with the power of past ancestors. To the untrained eye, 20th C beads are often confused with much earlier Pumtek because they so closely resemble each other. The Chin have also mixed antique and ancient beads on the same necklaces and this can also make it difficult to tell them apart. A small Burmese cottage industry was revived in the 1990s and once again bead makers tried to replicate much earlier Pumtek, however, these later beads are a world apart when it comes to quality and craftmanship.

A wave of heirloom beads first appeared in the West during the 1980s and they were soon to end up in private collections. They were very affordable at this time because little was known about them. Nowadays they command very high prices in Asia and have started to gain special attention elsewhere.

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Ancient = more than 1000 years old. Antique = 100 to 1000 years old.
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Very Rare Ancient Agate Eye Bead - 27 mm
Very Rare Ancient Agatised Eye Bead - 27 mm

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A super sized ancient eye bead from Burma. The bead displays a marvelous usage patina from 2000 years of heirlooming. There are a total of 4 equatorial stripes and two of them form large eyes. This is one of the largest eye beads from this region that we have ever seen. It appears to be made from agate or a more opalised material and is very dZi-like in quality.

Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period or Earlier
Age: 2000 years old +
Size: 27 mm
Authentic Stone Pumtek Bead Necklace
Authentic Ancient Stone Pumtek Bead Necklace - 36 beads

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A highly collectible strand of Pumtek stone beads from Burma. With a good mix of highly agatised Tiger Pumteks, tabular diamonds, six stripes, birds (garuda), double lotus and sun ray designs. A total of 36 heirloom Pumteks. Beads display a desirable usage patina and weathering commensurate with great age.

approx length of necklace = 23 inches
smallest round = 10 mm
largest round = 15 mm
smallest tube = 26 mm
largest tube = 33 mm
smallest tabular = 18 mm
largest tabular = 24 mm
Condition: Excellent
sourced in Burma in the 1980s
Ancient Agate & Pumtek Bead Necklace - 25 beads
Ancient Agate & Pumtek Bead Necklace - 25 beads

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A highly collectible necklace of authentic Pumtek stone beads from Burma. Including ancient agates from the Indus Valley through to the Himalayas. There are a good mix of highly agatised six stripe heirloom Pumteks of various sizes (up to 15 mm) and other designs. The necklace is strung with hilltribe silver spacers and a a silver clasp. A total of 18 heirloom Pumteks dating as far back as the Pyu period. Beads display a desirable usage patina and weathering commensurate with great age. There is also a large Pema Raka as the main focal bead.

Condition: Very good with minor weathering
Private European collection from the 1980s
approx length of necklace = 18 inches
smallest round Pumtek = 12 mm
largest round = 15 mm
smallest agate = 20 mm
largest agate = 27 mm
Pema Raka = 31 mm x 22 mm
Age of Agates: ranging from 300 CE to Ancient Mesopotamia.
Rare Ancient Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14.28 mm
Rare Ancient Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14.28 mm
Our Price: £1,300.00

A fine looking highly agatised ancient Pumtek displaying 6 diamond shaped eyes (one eye within the other). It has a fine usage patina and ends are worn smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
14.28 mm
Rare Lotus Longevity Pumtek Bead
Rare Lotus Longevity Pumtek Bead
Our Price: £250.00

A lovely authentic agatised pumtek with the sought after longevity design. The extra elongated shape of the decoration also has the appearance of lotus flower petals when viewed at the perforations.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma. Pyu/Tircul
approx 12 mm
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 27 mm
Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 27 mm
Our Price: £680.00

An amaziing Pumtek bead displaying 6 birds or chevron design. This is a particularly fine bead of its type and is highly agatised.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent. No breaks or cracks.
27 mm x 8 mm
Rare Ancient 12 Stripe Lightning Pumtek - 14.7 mm
Rare Ancient 12 Stripe Lightning Bolt Pumtek - 14.7 mm
Our Price: £1,500.00

A fine looking highly agatised ancient Pumtek displaying the rare 12 stripe lightning bolt design ( 6 straight stripes and 6 wavey stripes). It has a fine usage patina from centuries of heirlooming and a dark espresso colour.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
14.7 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek flanked by matched round Lotus Pumtek
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek flanked by matched round Lotus Pumtek

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Three fine looking highly agatised ancient Pumtek. The central dZi-like Tiger Pumtek has 5 stripes and a very desirable colour and clear decoration. It is flanked by a matched pair of rare round Tiger or Double Lotus design pumteks. When viewed at the holes a lotus flower or six pointed star can be seen on these beads.. All beads have a fine usage patina from centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Excellent. The Tiger pumtek has a minor nik that has been worn smooth and does not detract from the overall beauty of this bead.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period

Five stripe Tiger Pumtek = 37 mm x 10 mm
Round Lotus or Tiger Pumteks = 13.5 mm
Rare Matched Pair of Ancient Six Eyed Pumteks
Rare Matched Pair of Ancient Six Eyed Pumteks

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A very rare pair of round Pumteks with six eyes and a lovely mocha colour. Both beads have a fine usage patina from centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Excellent with weathering commensurate with age.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
size 11 to 12 mm.
Rare Quality Ancient Pair of 6 Stripe Pumtek
Rare Quality Ancient Pair of 6 Stripe Pumtek - 12 mm
Our Price: £450.00

A very fine looking high contrast pair of ancient Pumteks.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
approx 12 mm
Rare Quality Ancient Pair of 6 Stripe Pumtek
Rare Quality Ancient Pair of 6 Stripe Pumtek - 12 mm
Our Price: £450.00

A very fine looking high contrast pair of ancient Pumteks.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
approx 12 mm
Rare Quality Ancient Pair of 4 Stripe Tiger Pumtek - 12 mm
Rare Quality Ancient Pair of 4 Stripe Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £1,550.00

A pair of superior high contrast ancient Tiger Pumteks. Beautiful!

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
approx 28 to 29 mm x 8 mm
Rare Ancient 12 Stripe Lightning Pumtek - 14.7 mm
Rare Ancient 12 Stripe Lightning Bolt Pumtek - 14 mm

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A fine looking highly agatised ancient Pumtek displaying the rare 12 stripe lightning bolt design (9 straight stripes and 3 wavey stripes). It has a fine usage patina from centuries of heirlooming and a dark espresso colour.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
14 mm
Rare Ancient Six Eyed Pumtek - 14 mm
Rare Ancient Six Eyed Pumtek - 14 mm

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A fine looking highly agatised ancient Pumtek displaying six eyes. It has a fine usage patina from centuries of heirlooming and lovely espresso colour. Most beads with this design are usually a great deal smaller, so this is a nice example.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
14 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Two Zig Zag Stripes
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Two Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £1,500.00

A very fine highly agatised ancient Pumtek stone bead from Burma. The bead displays two zig zag stripes and triple end stripes. This is a design seldom seen as the majority of Tiger Pumteks have at least 3 stripes or above. Polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming and having a very dZi-like quality.

Origin: Burma
Collected in India in the 1980s
approx 25 mm x 11 mm
Condition: Excellent with minor weathering commensurate with age.
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Three Zig Zag Stripes - 28 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Three Zig Zag Stripes - 28 mm
Our Price: £420.00

A highly agatised ancient Pumtek stone bead from Burma. A high contrast bead that displays three zig zag stripes and triple end stripes.

Origin: Burma
Condition: Excellent with minor weathering commensurate with age.
This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
approx 28 mm x 7 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 17 mm

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A supreme highly agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. It is extremely difficult to find six stripe beads above 15 mm and so this bead is considered very large for its type. The very best!

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
No breaks or repairs.
Size: 17 mm x 16.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Extra Large Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 18 mm
Our Price: £850.00

A supreme highly agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. It is extremely difficult to find six stripe beads above 15 mm and so this bead is considered VERY large for its type. This is the largest six stripe bead we have ever offered.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
No breaks or repairs.
Size: 18 mm
Rare Ancient Double Lotus Pumtek Stone Bead - 13 mm
Rare Ancient Double Lotus Pumtek Stone Bead - 13 mm

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A highly collectible agatised Pumtek stone bead with the sought after double lotus design.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 13 mm
Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead
Authentic Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - Orange Lines - 14 mm
Our Price: £350.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with the more difficult to find 12 stripe design. Displaying a beautiful usage patina and gorgeous colour. A fine collectors bead!

Collected in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Mostly very good with minor weathering
Size: 14 mm
Authentic Ancient Five Striped Pumtek - 35 mm
Authentic Ancient Five Striped Pumtek - 35 mm

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A wonderful highly agatised dZi-like ancient pumtek stone bead with five zig zag stripes. A fine collectors bead! A very high contrast bead that is extremely difficult to find in this quality.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 35 mm x 10 mm
Authentic Ancient Five Striped Pumtek - 41 mm
Authentic Ancient Five Striped Pumtek - 41 mm
Our Price: £580.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with five zig zag stripes and a lovely mocha colour. A fine collectors bead!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 41 mm x 11 mm
Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead
Authentic Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 13.65 mm
Our Price: £340.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with the more difficult to find 12 stripe design. Displaying a beautiful usage patina that only develops from hundreds of years of heirlooming. A fine collectors bead!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 13.65 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £300.00

A fine looking highly agatised dark ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes that flank a central equatorial stripe. Much rarer than other Tiger Pumteks with the simple zig zag stripe design. There is a small amount of loss to one end, however, it is still remains robost and wearable.

Condition: Mostly very good with loss to one end.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
30 mm x 7.5 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes

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A fine looking highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes without the equatorial central stripe that is usually seen. The first zig zag stripe on each side also forms three mountain peaks at each end. Much rarer than other Tiger Pumteks with the simple zig zag stripe design. Polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming and dzi-like in quality.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
33 mm x 9 mm
Rare Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Rare Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £800.00

A magnificent highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes. This very dZi-like Pumtek came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently. Displaying a beautiful shape and clear lines. The body and ends are polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Excellent with no damage breaks or repairs.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
Collected in the 1980s
28 mm x 8.5 mm
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Pumtek
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £1,200.00

A superfine highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with four zig zag stripes. Very dZi-like in quality. A fine collectors bead!

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very good with a minor dig
Size: 27.5 mm x 9 mm
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Pumtek
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek - 29.5 mm
Our Price: £1,500.00

A superfine highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with four zig zag stripes. Very dZi-like in quality and with a gorgeous usage patina from centuries of heirlooming. A fine collectors bead!

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 29.5 mm x 9.5 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 2 Zig Zag Stripes
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 2 Zig Zag Stripes

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A fine looking highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 2 zig zag stripes that flank a central equatorial stripe. Much rarer than other Tiger Pumteks with the simple zig zag stripe design.

Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
25 mm x 8 mm
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek - 29.5 mm
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek - 29.5 mm

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A superfine highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with four zig zag stripes. A fine collectors bead!

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very good
Size: 29.5 mm x 9 mm
Authentic Ancient Seven Striped Tiger Pumtek - 30 mm
Authentic Ancient Seven Striped Tiger Pumtek - 30 mm

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A superfine highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with seven zig zag stripes. A very rare Pumtek!!

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Mostly very good with a superficial surface fissure on one side.
Size: 30 mm x 9 mm
Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £400.00

A fine looking highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes. There is a small dig to one end that has been worn smooth by centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Mostly very good with loss to one end.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
26 x 8 mm
Ancient 2 Eyed Pumtek Stone Bead - 11 mm
Ancient 2 Eyed Pumtek Stone Bead - 11 mm
Our Price: £680.00

A very dark highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with two equatorial central stripes and 2 eyes. Displaying a beautiful usage patina from centuries of heirlooming.

Collected in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 11 mm
Rare Ancient  Round Zig Zag Pumtek Stone Bead - 12 mm
Rare Ancient Round Zig Zag Pumtek Stone Bead - 12 mm
Our Price: £680.00

A rare highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with two equatorial zig zag stripes and eyes or circles around the perforations.

Collected in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very good with weathering commensurate with age. No breaks or cracks.
Size: 12 mm
Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £450.00

A fine looking highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes. Beautifully silky smooth from centuries of heirlooming and wearing on the body.

Condition: Mostly very good with loss to one end.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
23.5 x 7.5 mm
Rare Ancient Six Striped Tiger Pumtek with end damage - 39 mm
Rare Ancient Six Striped Tiger Pumtek with end damage - 39 mm
Our Price: £180.00

A superb highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 6 zig zag stripes. This very dZi-like Pumtek came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently. The body is polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming. One end has some loss which appears to be many centuries old and shows that this bead continued to be worn and cherished despite the damage. This bead still remains robust and very suitable to be worn.

Condition: Mostly very good with end damage.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
Collected in the 1980s
39 mm x 9 mm
Rare Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Rare Quality Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £690.00

A magnificent highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes. This Pumtek came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently. Displaying a beautiful shape and clear lines. The body and ends are polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Excellent with no damage breaks or repairs.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
Collected in the 1980s
30 mm x 9 mm
Rare Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Rare Quality Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £490.00

A magnificent highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes. This Pumtek came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently. Displaying natural flecks inherent in the fossilised wood. The body and ends are polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Excellent with no damage breaks or repairs.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
Collected in the 1980s
27 mm x 9 mm
Group of Ancient Pumtek (5 Beads)
Group of Ancient Pumtek (5 Beads)
Our Price: £890.00

A sought after group of hihgly agatised ancient Pumtek. Includes three 6 stripe Pumtek and two Pumtek with the longevity design. The central six stripe Pumtek is a particularly fine example of the most desirable colour.

Collected in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent with weathering and patina commensurate with age.

Largest 6 stripe(centre) = 13 mm Other 6 stripes 10.5 mm
Longevity Pumtek 9.5 mm and 10 mm
Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead
Authentic Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 15 mm

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A supreme highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with the more difficult to find 12 stripe design. Displaying a beautiful usage patina that only develops from hundreds of years of heirlooming. Very hard to find in this size. A fine collectors bead!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 15 mm
Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead
Authentic Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 16 mm

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A fine highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with the more difficult to find 12 stripe design. Displaying a beautiful usage patina that only develops from hundreds of years of heirlooming. Very hard to find in this size. A fine collectors bead!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 16 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Very Rare Ancient Pumtek with Bird and Railtrack design - 18 mm

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A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six horizontal stripes (often compared to a railtrack) and six birds. The ends also display a rare three spoked wheel design that could be related to the Buddhist Gakyil or 'Wheel of Joy' symbol. This is a lovely looking bead and is the only bead of its type we have in our collection or seen offered in the marketplace. At the widest point it measures more than 18 mm, so for a round Pumtek this is considered very large.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering.
No breaks or repairs.
Size: 18 mm
Ancient Pumtek with Sun Ray Design - 12 Rays - 12 mm
Ancient Pumtek with Sun Ray Design - 12 Rays - 12 mm
Our Price: £150.00

A lighter tan coloured stone bead with the much rarer sun ray design. Displaying a central equatorial stripe and 12 lines extending horizontally across the body. This design is often compared to a 'rail track' or the stitching on a rugby ball. If you view the side profile you can see that this decoration forms a sun-like design. The actual sun is the decorated circle around the holes and the sun rays are the 12 lines that radiate outwards.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
Origin: Burma, Pyu Tircul
12 mm
Ancient Pumtek Bead Group & Pema Raka - 11 Beads
Ancient Pumtek Bead Group & Pema Raka - 11 Beads

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A highly collectible choice group of ancient Pumtek beads with an ancient Pema Raka banded carnelian. These are exquisite beads with a desirable usage patina and rare designs.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Smallest Round Bead = 11.5 mm
Largest Round Bead = 17 mm
Pema Raka = 32 mm x 17 mm
Ancient Five Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 37 mm
Ancient Five Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 37 mm
Our Price: £720.00

A stunning highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 5 nicely contrasted zig zag stripes.There is an very old nik to one of the ends but the rest of the bead remains robust and damage free. This bead is very dZi-like in quality and has a very desirable usage patina.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good with an old end nik.
37 mm x 9.5 mm
Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 26.5 mm
Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 26.5 mm
Our Price: £560.00

A very nice authentic Pumtek displaying 6 birds or chevron design.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good. No breaks or cracks.
26.5 mm x 9.5 mm
Ancient Round Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14 mm
Ancient Round Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14 mm
Our Price: £546.00

A lovely mocha coloured agatised Pumtek, displaying 6 diamond shaped eyes (one eye within the other). The ends are worn smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma
Condition: Very Good. No breaks or cracks.
14 mm
Rare Quality Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 36 mm
Rare Quality Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 36 mm

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An amazing ancient Pumtek bead displaying 6 Garudas or chevrons. This is a particularly large bead of its type and is highly agatised with a sought after colour. An incredibly beautiful pumtek with a dZi-like patina that only develops from many centuries of being worn. One of the very best!

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
36 mm x 9 mm
Rare Quality Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 37 mm
Rare Quality Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 37 mm
Our Price: £1,350.00

An amazing ancient Pumtek bead displaying 6 Garudas or chevrons. This is a particularly large bead of its type and is highly agatised with a sought after colour. An incredibly beautiful pumtek with a dZi-like patina that only develops from many centuries of being worn. This is the largest bead of its type that we have ever offered for sale.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering commensurate with age and a tiny nik (worn smooth) to the end.
37 mm x 9 mm
Rare Quality Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 23.5 mm
Rare Quality Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 23.5 mm
Our Price: £540.00

An great looking ancient Pumtek bead displaying 6 Garudas or chevrons. This is a dark highly agatised bead with a sought after usage patina from many centuries of being worn.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
23.5 mm x 7 mm
Ancient Six Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 34 mm
Ancient Six Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 34 mm
Our Price: £700.00

A stunning highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 6 nicely contrasted zig zag stripes.There are some old niks worn smooth at one of the ends but the rest of the bead remains robust and damage free. This bead is very dZi-like in quality and has a very desirable usage patina. This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good with weathering commensurate with age
37 mm x 8 mm
Pair of Ancient Nine Stripe Tiger Pumtek Beads - 38 mm
Pair of Ancient Nine Stripe Tiger Pumtek Beads - 38 mm
Our Price: £1,400.00

A stunning highly agatised pair of ancient Tiger Pumteks displaying nine stripes. Large and beautiful!

Condition: Excellent
Both beads have remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
37.5 mm x 8.5 mm and 38 mm x 9 mm
Three Highly Agatised Ancient Pumtek Stone Beads with the Six Stripe Design
Three Highly Agatised Ancient Pumtek Stone Beads with the Six Stripe Design - 11 to 14 mm
Our Price: £620.00

A group of three highly collectible Pumtek beads with the classic six stripe design. Each bead displays a lovely usage patina from centuries of heirlooming. Dark and beautiful!

These beads have remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
No breaks or repairs.
smallest 11 mm
largest 14 mm
Large Ancient Six Striped Tiger Pumtek - 42 mm
Large Ancient Six Striped Tiger Pumtek - 42 mm
Our Price: £800.00

A fine highly agatised ancient Pumtek bead. This impressive bead displays 6 zig zag stripes and has a lovely usage patina from centuries of being worn on the body. The flecks in the stone show the original grain of the fossilwood. It came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma
42 mm x 9 mm
Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £600.00

A fine looking ancient Tiger Pumtek stone bead. This impressive agatised bead displays 4 zig zag stripes and has a superfine usage patina that is almost dZi-like in quality. It came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently.

Condition: Excellent with a small end nik that has worn smooth.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
26 mm x 8 mm
Ancient Pyu Stone Necklace
Ancient Pyu or Tircul Stone Necklace

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A highly collectible necklace with genuine ancient stone beads from Burma. Includes decorated agate eye beads, banded agates, rare green chalcedony and decorated and undecorated carnelians. The variety of beads on this necklace show just how skilled the Pyu/Tircul bead makers were. A superb one of a kind necklace.

75 ancient beads
Origin: Ancient Burma, Pyu/Tircul,  400 BCE to 1000 CE
Condition: Excellent
Ancient Pyu Tiger Bead
Ancient Pyu or Tircul Green Chalcedony Zoomorphic Tiger Bead

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A highly collectible stone bead from ancient Burma. Green Chalcedony beads are seldom seen in the marketplace and this has added rarity because it is carved in the shape of an animal, which is likely to be a stylised crouching tiger. This bead is particularly large for its type and few carved tigers are seen in such wonderful condition. This would make a stunning focal bead on a necklace strung with other stone beads from this region.

34 mm x 18 mm
Origin: Ancient Burma, Pyu/Tircul,
Age: 2000 Years + or -
Condition: Excellent
Provenance: Ex Dr James Keats Collection
Ancient Pyu Stone Necklace
Large Ancient Pyu or Tircul Stone Bead Necklace

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A highly collectible necklace with genuine ancient stone beads from Burma. Includes decorated agate eye beads, banded agates, rare green chalcedony and decorated and undecorated carnelians. The variety of beads on this necklace show just how skilled the Pyu/Tircul bead makers were. A superb one of a kind necklace.

60 ancient beads
approx length of necklace = 28 inches
Central tabular focal bead measures 21 mm
The other beads measure 5 mm  to 22 mm
The largest round bead measures 11.5 mm
Origin: Ancient Burma, Pyu/Tircul,  400 BCE to 1000 CE
Condition: Excellent
Ancient Pyu Stone Elephant Bead
Ancient Pyu Stone Elephant Bead
Our Price: £50.00

A highly collectible stone bead (possibly limestone) in the shape of an elephant. Zoomorphic stone beads were prized as amulets in this region. It displays tan colour and is made from a light weight stone material that is not so commonly seen. Most beads of this design were carved from green chalcedony, carnelian or rock crystal.

Collected in Burma in the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very good
Size: 23 mm x 16 mm
Three Ancient Burmese Stone Elephant Beads - Pyu Period
Three Ancient Burmese Stone Elephant Beads - Pyu Period
Our Price: £50.00

Three collectible stone beads (possibly limestone) in the shape of elephants. Zoomorphic stone beads were prized as amulets in this region. They display a light tan to brown colour and are made from a stone material that is not so commonly seen. Most beads of this design were carved from green chalcedony, carnelian or rock crystal. Two of the beads are clearly elephants, however, one bead is more grub-like in appearance.

Collected in Burma in the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Mostly Good to Very Good. Weathering commensurate with age.
Size: 17.5 mm to 21 mm
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Authentic Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead
Our Price: £150.00

A superb authentic tabular pumtek with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. Each face is polished smooth from being worn and cherished for centuries.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma approx 23 mm at widest point
Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Antique Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead - 29 mm
Our Price: £300.00

A superb and large authentic tabular pumtek with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. Each face is polished smooth from being worn and cherished for many hundreds of years. Not to be confused with 20th century Pumtek beads. A very large bead for its type with a highly sought after usage patina.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma approx 29 mm
Condition: A robust bead in mostly very good condition, however, there is very old nik to one end. Still absolutely gorgeous!
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Antique Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead - 29.5 mm

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A superb authentic tabular pumtek with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. Each face is polished smooth from being worn and cherished for centuries. A large tabular bead of particularly fine quality and perfect as a focal bead on a necklace. Most beads of this type only display four chevrons that make up the cross.  This bead has the much rarer cross design and 'additional' sun and moon in the apex of each corner. Not to be confused with 20th century Pumtek beads.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma
approx 29.5 mm
Condition: Excellent
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead - 22 mm

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A superb authentic tabular pumtek with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. Each face is polished smooth from being worn and cherished for possibly many hundreds of years. Dark and beautiful!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma
approx 22 mm
Condition: Excellent
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead
Our Price: £150.00

A superb authentic antique tabular pumtek with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. Each face is polished smooth from being worn and cherished for possibly many hundreds of years.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma
approx 23.5 mm at widest point
Condition: Excellent
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead
Our Price: £150.00

A superb authentic antique tabular pumtek with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. Each face is polished smooth from being worn and cherished for possibly many hundreds of years.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma
approx 19.5 mm at widest point
Condition: Excellent
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead
Our Price: £120.00

A superb authentic antique tabular pumtek with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. Each face is polished smooth from being worn and cherished for possibly many hundreds of years.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma
approx 19 mm at widest point
Condition: Excellent
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead
Our Price: £170.00

A superb authentic tabular pumtek with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. Each face is polished smooth from being worn and cherished for possibly many hundreds of years.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma
approx 17.62 mm at widest point
Condition: Excellent
Rare Matched Pair of Authentic Tabular Pumtek Stone Beads
Rare Matched Pair of Authentic Tabular Pumtek Stone Beads
Our Price: £450.00

A superb authentic pair of tabular pumtek beads with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. The face and ends are polished smooth from being heirloomed and cherished for centuries.

Sourced from Burma in the 1980s.
Pyu/Tircul Period
approx 18 to 19 mm at widest point
Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13 mm
Our Price: £120.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that could be as much as 2000 years old.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 13 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 12.5 mm
Our Price: £170.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely beautiful heirloom bead that could be as much as 2000 years old.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 12.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Bead Bracelet - 18 Beads
Ancient Pumtek Bead Bracelet - 18 Beads - Largest 15 mm

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A highly collectible bracelet comprised of 18 authentic Pumtek beads with the classic six stripe design. Exquisite beads with a desirable usage patina.

Strung on strong elasticated cord.
Collected in the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good. With weathering and patina commensurate with age

Bead size:

1 x 10.5 mm
4 x 11 mm
9 x 12 mm
2 x 13 mm
1 x 14 mm
1 x 15 mm
Ancient Pyu Six Stripe Agate Bead - 14 mm
Ancient Pyu Six Stripe Agate Bead - 14 mm
Our Price: £100.00

A highly collectible ancient six stripe agate from Burma. Displaying a patina commensurate with great age.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Mostly good, however, there is some ancient loss to one end
Size: 14 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 12 mm
Our Price: £60.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks or repairs.
Size: 12 mm
Rare Ancient Four Striped Decorated Agate - 16.65 mm
Rare Ancient Four Striped Decorated Agate - 16.65 mm
Our Price: £900.00

A highly collectible large decorated agate with four equatorial stripes and weathering commensurate with age. When viewed at the side perforations two eyes can be seen. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that could be more than 2000 years old. What is also very interesting about this bead is that there are four holes in each of the directions and it is slightly more oval in shape.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Collected in the 1980s
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks or repairs
Size: 16.65 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 14 mm
Our Price: £170.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that could be as much as 2000 years old.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks or repairs.
Size: 14 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
5 AUTHENTIC Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 15 mm

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A highly collectible group of Pumtek beads with the classic six stripes. Each bead displays its own individual character and patina.

These beads have remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Age: Antique to Ancient
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks or repairs.
smallest 14 mm
largest 15.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13 mm
Our Price: £120.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that could be as much as 2000 years old.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks or repairs.
Size: 13 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 15 mm
Our Price: £180.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that could be as much as 2000 years old.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 15 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 12.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 12.5 mm
Our Price: £65.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that has a fine usage patina.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 12.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 14 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 14 mm
Our Price: £100.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that has a fine usage patina.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 14 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13 mm
Our Price: £150.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that has a fine usage patina.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 13 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 11.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 11.5 mm
Our Price: £170.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that has a fine usage patina.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 11.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13.5 mm
Our Price: £210.00

A highly collectible agatised or opalised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that has a fine usage patina. This bead could be approaching 2000 years old or more.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 13.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 14 mm
Our Price: £90.00

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks or repairs.
Size: 14 mm
Ancient Pyu/Tircul Stone Bead - Sun Design
Ancient Pyu/Tircul Stone Bead - Sun Design
Our Price: £180.00

A super ancient stone bead with the rare sun ray design. A lovely gem with a central equatorial stripe and 8 lines extending horizontally across the body. This design is often compared to a 'rail track' or the stitching on a rugby ball. If you view the side profile you can see this decoration actually forms a sun like design. The sun is the decorated circle around the holes and the sun rays are the 8 lines that radiate outwards. This is a very early Pyu bead and is completely opaque. There is a very old dig to one side of the bead (see photo) but it does not detract from the overall beauty of this bead.


Origin: Burma, Pyu Tircul
Condition: Very good with a small ancient dig to one side.
Material: Agate/Chalcedony
13.5 mm
Antique Bird or Chevron Pumtek
Antique Bird or Chevron Pumtek - 26 mm
Our Price: £125.00

A lovely antique Pumtek displaying 6 birds or chevron design, probably dating to the early 20th C or earlier.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma 26 mm x 9 mm
Condition: Excellent with minor weathering
New Six Striped Agate Bead - 16 mm
Fine quality New Six Striped Agate Bead - 16 mm
Our Price: £12.00

A very nice six striped decorated agate bead designed to replicate ancient beads from the Pyu period. We have a small number of these beads in our inventory, so if you require more please add more to your cart.

16 mm
Sourced in Nepal