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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, outside of Burma, 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 often display line decorated designs and unique motifs that are not found in any other bead making region. 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. Pumteks that have travelled as a result of trade can also be found in neighbouring 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 tribal community 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 also mix antique and ancient beads on the same heirloom necklaces and this can often 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 the quality of the material 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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Ancient Pyu Stone Necklace
Large Ancient Pyu or Tircul Stone Bead Necklace
Our Price: £6,000.00
Sale Price: £5,200.00
You save £800.00!

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

Origin: Ancient Burma, Pyu/Tircul,
400 BCE to 1000 CE
Condition: Excellent
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

Authentic Ancient Green Chalcedony, Pumtek & Carnelian Bead Necklace - 46 beads - Pyu/Tircul Period
Authentic Ancient Green Chalcedony, Pumtek & Carnelian Bead Necklace - 46 beads
Our Price: £2,500.00

A very sought after strand of ancient stone beads from Burma. With a good mix of highly agatised six stripe Pumteks, luscious green chalcedony tubes and fiery orange carnelians. The rare green chalcedony beads are extremely fine and complement the other beads beautifully. A total of 46 ancient Pyu beads that display a desirable usage patina and weathering that is commensurate with age.

Condition: Excellent
approx length of necklace = 26 inches
sourced in Burma in the 1980s
Bead Age: 1000 to 2000 years old.

11 six stripe rounds = 7 mm to 13 mm
22 carnelian rounds = 5 mm to 9 mm
12 Green Chalecedony tubes = 8 mm to 36 mm
Very Rare Ancient Agate Eye Bead - 27 mm
Very Rare Ancient Eye Bead - 27 mm
Our Price: £1,900.00

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
Ancient Pyu Tiger Bead
Ancient Pyu or Tircul Green Chalcedony Zoomorphic Tiger Bead
Our Price: £1,500.00

A highly collectible stone bead from ancient Burma. Ancient Green Chalcedony beads are seldom seen in the marketplace and this has added rarity because it is carved in the shape of 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
Large Ancient Six Striped Tiger Pumtek - 42 mm
Pair of Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 42 mm
Our Price: £1,450.00

A fine highly agatised pair of ancient Pumtek beads. These impressive beads display 6 and 5 zig zag stripes. They are more unusual in that the zig zag stripes run the full length of the bead. Most Tiger Pumteks have a design that is broken up by two double end stripes. These beads only have one end stripe which visually makes the beads look much longer. Both display a lovely usage patina from centuries of heirlooming and being worn on the body. The flecks in the stone show the original grain of the fossilwood. Both came out of Burma in the 1980s and have remained in a private collection until recently.

Condition: Excellent, with minor weathering commensurate with age.
Origin: Burma
6 Stripe = 42 mm x 9 mm
5 Stripe = 41 mm x 9 mm
Ancient Agate & Pumtek Bead Necklace - 25 beads
Ancient Pema Raka, Ancient Banded Agate & Pumtek Bead Necklace - 25 beads
Our Price: £1,700.00
Sale Price: £1,400.00
You save £300.00!

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A highly collectible necklace comprised of authentic ancient 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 ancient 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 2500 BCE
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
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek - 29.5 mm
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek - 29.5 mm
Our Price: £1,250.00

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
Rare Ancient Pumtek with Longevity and Lotus Design - 16 mm
Rare Ancient Pumtek with Longevity and Lotus Design - 16 mm
Our Price: £1,500.00
Sale Price: £1,200.00
You save £300.00!

A super rare ancient agatised stone Pumtek bead with a longevity and lotus flower design. If you view each of the holes from above, you can see that each of the lotus flowers are made up of 5 petals (10 petals in total) and each of these are contained within the longevity decoration. A robust bead with zones of orangey red colour.

Collected in Burma in the 1980s
Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
A very minor dig on one side (photo 5).
Origin: Burma, Pyu Tircul 16 mm
Pair of Ancient Nine Stripe Tiger Pumtek Beads - 38 mm
Pair of Ancient Nine Stripe Tiger Pumtek Beads - 38 mm
Our Price: £1,200.00
Sale Price: £1,120.00
You save £80.00!

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
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Two Zig Zag Stripes
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Two Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £1,200.00
Sale Price: £1,050.00
You save £150.00!

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 long 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 Six Diamond Eye & Bird Pumtek - 25.5 mm
Rare Ancient Six Diamond Eye & Bird Pumtek - 25.5 mm
Our Price: £950.00

A rare ancient pumtek with six diamond shaped eyes (three sets of eyes with one eye inside the other). In addition to the eyes there are 6 birds or chevrons that help form the appearance of a cross motif (three in total).

Origin: Burma
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age. No breaks or cracks.
This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
approx 25.5 mm x 9 mm
Ancient Five Striped Tiger Pumtek - 36 mm
Ancient Five Striped Tiger Pumtek - 36 mm
Our Price: £1,100.00
Sale Price: £950.00
You save £150.00!

A superior ancient Pumtek bead with the Tiger stripe design. This impressive agatised bead displays 5 zig zag stripes (less common) 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 tiny end nik that has been worn smooth.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
36 mm x 11 mm
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Pumtek
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek - 29.5 mm
Our Price: £1,200.00
Sale Price: £950.00
You save £250.00!

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 Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14.28 mm
Rare Ancient Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14.28 mm
Our Price: £1,100.00
Sale Price: £950.00
You save £150.00!

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 Ancient "Railtrack" or Sun Ray Pumtek
Rare Ancient "Railtrack" or Sun Ray Pumtek - 21 mm
Our Price: £1,100.00
Sale Price: £900.00
You save £200.00!

A highly agatised ancient Pumtek displaying 8 horizontal lines across a central equatorial stripe. This Pumtek came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently. This design is more typically seen on round beads and therefore tubes with this design are much more difficult to find. Very dZi-like!

Condition: Excellent. With no breaks or repairs. Minor weathering/surface digs commensurate with age.
Collected in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
21 mm x 9 mm
Authentic Ancient Seven Striped Tiger Pumtek - 30 mm
Authentic Ancient Seven Striped Tiger Pumtek - 30 mm
Our Price: £895.00

A 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 Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 25 mm
Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 25 mm
Our Price: £880.00

A beautiful dZi-like Pumtek bead displaying 6 birds or chevron design. A highly agatised bead with a very desirable usage patina indicative of centuries of heirlooming. Super nice!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent. No breaks or repairs.
25 mm x 9 mm
Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 32 mm
Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 32 mm
Our Price: £880.00

An amazing Pumtek bead displaying 6 birds or chevron design. A gorgeous highly agatised plump bead that is much larger than usually seen. It has a very desirable usage patina indicative of centuries of heirlooming.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent. No breaks or repairs.
32 mm x 11 mm
Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £850.00

A supreme highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes. Beautiful and silky smooth from centuries of heirlooming and being worn on the body.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Condition: Excellent with minimal weathering
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
30 mm x 8 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Three Zig Zag Stripes - 26.5 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Three Zig Zag Stripes - 26.5 mm
Our Price: £950.00
Sale Price: £850.00
You save £100.00!

A highly agatised ancient Pumtek stone bead from Burma. With a high contrast colour, plump shape and displaying three zig zag stripes and double end stripes. Very dZi-like in quality and appearance.

Origin: Burma
Condition: Excellent with minor weathering commensurate with age.
This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
approx 26.5 mm x 10 mm
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Pumtek
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £800.00

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
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
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 Decorated Agate - 16.65 mm
Rare Ancient Four Striped Decorated Agate - 16.65 mm
Our Price: £880.00
Sale Price: £650.00
You save £230.00!

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 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
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 Six Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 34 mm
Ancient Six Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 34 mm
Our Price: £560.00

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
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 Five Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 37 mm
Ancient Five Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 37 mm
Our Price: £620.00
Sale Price: £490.00
You save £130.00!

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 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. Beautiful and silky smooth from centuries of heirlooming and being worn on the body.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
23.5 x 7.5 mm
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 Round Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14 mm
Ancient Round Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14 mm
Our Price: £420.00

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.
Size: 14 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
Large Authentic Ancient Six Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 17 mm
Large Authentic Ancient Six Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 17 mm
Our Price: £320.00

A supreme highly agatised ancient Pumtek stone bead. 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: 17 mm
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!
Ancient Pumtek with Sun Ray Design - 12 Rays - 14 mm
Ancient Pumtek with Sun Ray Design - 12 Rays - 14 mm
Our Price: £375.00
Sale Price: £280.00
You save £95.00!

A super ancient stone bead with the rare sun ray design. It has 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 this decoration actually forms a sun-like design. With the sun being the circle around the holes and the sun rays being the 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
14 mm
Group of Ancient Pyu or Tircul Beads
Group of Ancient Pyu or Tircul Beads - Burma
Our Price: £195.00

A nice group of ancient stone beads. Including ancient beads crafted from rock crystal, ancient agatised pumteks, a carnelian tube and decorated carnelians. All beads were found in Burma.

Origin: Ancient Burma, Pyu/Tircul,
Age: 2000 Years + or -
Condition: Mostly very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
The rock crystal bead has a few digs but still remains robust.
rock crystal bead measures 19 mm diameter
Pumteks meaures 9.5 mm
carnelian tube measures 26 mm x 6 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 South East Asian Jade Earring - 31 mm
Ancient South East Asian Jade Earring - 31 mm
Our Price: £175.00

A wonderful deep green ancient jade earring from South East Asia. It would also make a great focal pendant.

31 mm x 24.5 mm
Origin: Ancient South East Asia
Age: 1000 BCE + or -
Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
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
Ancient Six Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead (Damaged) 37 mm
Ancient Six Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead (Damaged) 37 mm
Our Price: £168.00

A great looking highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek. There is some loss to both ends, however, 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
37 mm x 9 mm
Authentic Pair of Ancient 6 Stripe Pumtek Stone Beads - 12 mm
Authentic Pair of Ancient 6 Stripe Pumtek Stone Beads - 12 mm
Our Price: £150.00

A beautiful pair of highly agatised ancient pumtek stone beads with the 6 stripe design. Great colour!

These bead have remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent with minor weathering
Size: 12 mm
Ancient Twelve Stripe Pumtek
Authentic Ancient Twelve Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 13 mm
Our Price: £150.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient Pumtek stone bead with the more hard to find twelve stripe design.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 13 mm
Cross Decoration Tabular Pumtek
Cross Decoration Tabular Pumtek - 25 mm
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 possibly many hundreds of years.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma
approx 25 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: £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 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
Ancient Pyu or Tircul Facted Carnelian Bead
Ancient Pyu or Tircul Facted Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £125.00

A highly collectible carnelian stone bead from ancient Burma.

23 mm x 9 mm
Origin: Ancient Burma, Pyu/Tircul,
Age: 2000 Years + or -
Condition: Very good with weathering commensurate with age.
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
Cross Decoration Tabular Pumtek
Cross Decoration Tabular Pumtek - 19 mm
Our Price: £120.00

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 19 mm at widest point
Condition: Excellent
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13.5 mm
Our Price: £120.00

A highly collectible 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
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
Ancient Pyu Stone Tiger/Dog Bead
Ancient Pyu Stone Tiger/Dog Bead
Our Price: £90.00

A collectible stone bead in the shape of a stylised tiger or dog. Zoomorphic stone beads were prized as amulets in this region. It displays a light tan colour and is made from a light weight stone material (possibly limestone). Most beads of this design were carved from green chalcedony, carnelian or rock crystal.

Collected in Burma in the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
1500 years old + or -
Condition: Very good
Size: 23 mm x 16 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: Excellent
Size: 14 mm
Ancient Tiger Stripe Pumtek Bead
Ancient Tiger Stripe Pumtek Bead (Damaged) 28 mm
Our Price: £80.00

A great looking highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek. There is loss to one of the ends, however, the rest of the bead remains robust and damage free.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
28 mm x 10 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13 mm
Our Price: £60.00

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 Pyu Stone Elephant Bead
Ancient Pyu Stone Elephant Bead
Our Price: £50.00

A highly collectible stone bead in the shape of a stylised elephant. Zoomorphic stone beads were prized as amulets in this region. It displays tan colour and is made from a light weight stone material (possibly limestone) 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
New Six Striped Agate Bead - 16 mm
Pair of Fine quality New Six Striped Agate Bead - 18.5 mm
Our Price: £50.00

A very nice matched pair of six striped decorated agate beads. 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.

18.5 mm
Sourced in Nepal
New Pumtek Stone Necklace
New Pumtek Stone Bead Necklace - 1990s beads
Our Price: £30.00

A necklace of newly created Pumtek beads from the 1990s. These beads are not to be confused with Pumtek beads from the early 20th century and older. They are more crudely crafted and the quality of the decoration and material is not as high.

Origin: Burma
Material: Decorated fossilwood
New Pumtek Stone Necklace
New Pumtek Stone Bead Necklace - 1990s beads
Our Price: £30.00

A necklace of newly created Pumtek beads from the 1990s. These beads are not to be confused with Pumtek beads from the early 20th century and older. They are more crudely crafted and the quality of the decoration and material is not as high.

Origin: Burma
Material: Decorated fossilwood
Chinese Braided Knotwork Necklace for beads and pendants
Chinese Braided Knotwork Necklace for beads and pendants
Our Price: £3.95

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These lovely Chinese knotwork cords are a wonderful way to showcase a special bead. The loose cord at the bottom allows you to thread a bead and wear it vertically as a pendant. By pulling the two knots at the top you are able to adjust the length.

One size fits all.
Soft silk-like braided nylon cord.
Ancient Matched Pair of Six Stripe Pumtek Stone Beads - 11 to 12 mm
Two Ancient Six Stripe Pumtek Stone Beads - 11 to 12 mm

SOLD!

Two beautiful agatised Pumtek beads with six stripes. Absolutely gorgeous well worn heirloom beads.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 11 to 12 mm
Rare Ancient Double Zig Zag Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 17.5 mm
Rare Ancient Double Zig Zag Tiger Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 17.5 mm

SOLD!

A highly collectible agatised Pumtek stone bead with the sought after double zig zag stripe design. It also has two circles (four in total) or eyes when viewed at each of the perforations. A large bead of its type with a lovely usage patina from centuries of heirlooming.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 17.5 mm