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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' and should be regarded as the generic name for a large variety of decorated stone beads crafted in Burma. In 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. Pumtek are unique in that they are made from silicified wood (also
known as opalised, fossilised or petrified wood) and in some cases agate. This stone material is indigenous to Burma and Pumtek beads are therefore particular to this region. Although beads have traveled and can be found in neighboring countries. Today they are mainly seen on heirloom necklaces of the Chin tribe. 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. A small Burmese cottage industry was revived in the 1990s and once again bead makers tried to replicate much earlier Pumtek. 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. see our blog

Ancient = more than 1000 years old. Antique = 100 to 1000 years old.

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Authentic Stone Pumtek Bead Necklace
Authentic 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 dating as far back as the Pyu period. 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
Necklace with Carnelian and Banded Agate - Ancient Replica
Necklace with Carnelian and Banded Agate - Ancient Replica
Our Price: £300.00

There are some really beautiful looking beads on this necklace and to the untrained eye they look like ancient beads from South East Asia, however, these beads are crafted to replicate ancient beads. The necklace is composed of banded agate bicone beads and various shaped carnelians. The main focal bead is a wedge or bow shaped banded agate. Beads are strung with a screw clasp and are ready to be worn.

sourced in Thailand
approx length of necklace = 22 inches
bow shaped agate measures 37 mm x 14 mm
Condition: very good
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird Design
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird or Chevron Design
Our Price: £400.00

A lovely dark ancient Pumtek stone bead from Burma. This is one of the rarer designs seen on pumtek. The bead displays triple end stripes and the six bird or chevron design. It is interesting to note that when this design is seen on ancient dZi beads, the birds are viewed as the Garuda. The lines display yellowish hues against a deep earthen brown base colour.

Origin: Burma
Collected in India in the 1980s
approx 27 mm x 7.5 mm
Condition: Very good with an end nik worn smooth
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird Design
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird or Chevron Design
Our Price: £600.00

A fine dark ancient Pumtek stone bead from Burma. This is one of the rarer designs seen on pumtek. The bead displays triple end stripes and the six bird or chevron design. It is interesting to note that when this design is seen on ancient dZi beads, the birds are viewed as the Garuda. Polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Origin: Burma
Collected in India in the 1980s
approx 27.5 mm x 8 mm
Condition: Excellent
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird Design
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird or Chevron Design
Our Price: £600.00

A fine highly agatised ancient Pumtek stone bead from Burma. This is one of the rarer designs seen on pumtek. The bead displays triple end stripes and the six bird or chevron design. It is interesting to note that when this design is seen on ancient dZi beads, the birds are viewed as the Garuda. Polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming and dZi-like in quality.

Origin: Burma
Collected in India in the 1980s
approx 25.5 mm x 9 mm
Condition: Excellent
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird Design
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird or Chevron Design
Our Price: £500.00

A fine highly agatised ancient Pumtek stone bead from Burma. This is one of the rarer designs seen on pumtek. The bead displays triple end stripes and the six bird or chevron design. It is interesting to note that when this design is seen on ancient dZi beads, the birds are viewed as the Garuda. Polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Origin: Burma
Collected in India in the 1980s
approx 29.5 mm x 8 mm
Condition: Excellent
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird Design
Rare Pumtek Stone bead - Bird or Chevron Design

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A fine highly agatised ancient Pumtek stone bead from Burma. This is one of the rarer designs seen on pumtek. The bead displays triple end stripes and the six bird or chevron design. It is interesting to note that when this design is seen on ancient dZi beads, the birds are viewed as the Garuda. Polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Origin: Burma
Collected in the 1980s
approx 30.5 mm x 8 mm
Condition: Excellent
Rare Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Rare Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £400.00

A fine looking highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes. It came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently.

Condition: Excellent with no damage breaks or repairs.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
24 mm x 7.5 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
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
Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead
Authentic Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 15 mm
Our Price: £250.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with the more difficult to find 12 stripe design. Displaying a beautiful usage patina and flecked with the grain of the fossil wood. A fine collectors bead!

Collected in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 15 mm
Authentic Ancient 2 Stripe Zig Zag Pumtek - 16 mm
Authentic Ancient 2 Stripe Zig Zag Pumtek - 16 mm
Our Price: £400.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with the more difficult to find 2 Stripe Zig Zag design. A fine collectors bead!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 16 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: £750.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with five zig zag stripes and 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 - 15 mm

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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: 15 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 Double Lotus Pumtek Stone Bead - 14 mm
Rare Ancient Double Lotus Pumtek Stone Bead - 14 mm
Our Price: £600.00

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


This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 14 mm
Authentic Ancient Five Striped Pumtek - 41 mm
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Pumtek - 29 mm

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A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with four zig zag stripes. Displaying a fine usage patina and ends worn smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 29.31 mm x 8 mm
Ancient Pumtek with Sun Ray Design - 12 Rays - 14 mm
Ancient Pumtek with Sun Ray Design - 12 Rays - 14 mm
Our Price: £400.00

A super ancient stone bead with the rare sun ray design. A lovely looking bead with 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. 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
14 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 - 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. Polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
28 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 Five Striped Tiger Pumtek
Rare Ancient Five Striped Tiger Pumtek

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A magnificent highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 5 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
36 mm x 11 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
Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead
Authentic Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 14.5 mm

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A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with the more difficult to find 12 stripe design. A fine collectors bead!

Collected in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 15 mm
Rare Ancient Five Striped Tiger Pumtek
Rare Ancient Five Striped Tiger Pumtek ~ 36.5 mm

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A magnificent highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 5 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
36.5 mm x 9.5 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
New Pumtek Stone Necklace
New Pumtek Stone Necklace - 1990s beads

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A necklace of Pumtek beads from the 1990s. Includes a large variety of designs. These beads are of much higher quality than some of the very recent Pumteks appearing in the marketplace. These are not to be confused with Pumtek beads from the early 20th century and older.

Origin: Burma
Material: Decorated fossilwood
approx 30 inches
38 beads
Condition: 37 beads remain in excellent condition. One bead has an end nik.
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
Large Ancient Six Striped Tiger Pumtek - 42 mm
Large Ancient Six Striped Tiger Pumtek - 42 mm
Our Price: £800.00

A fine 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. 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
Large Ancient Seven Striped Tiger Pumtek - 39.5 mm
Large Ancient Seven Striped Tiger Pumtek - 39.5 mm
Our Price: £700.00

A very fine ancient Pumtek bead. This impressive bead displays 7 zig zag stripes and has a lovely usage patina from centuries of being worn on the body. It came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently. A highly collectible Pumtek!

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma
39.5 mm x 9 mm
Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek

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A fine ancient Pumtek bead. This impressive bead displays 4 zig zag stripes and has a lovely usage patina from centuries of being worn on the body. It came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently.

Condition: Excellent Origin: Burma 28 mm x 9 mm

Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek - 31 mm

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A fine highly agatised ancient Pumtek bead. This impressive bead displays 4 zig zag stripes and has a lovely usage patina from centuries of being worn on the body. It came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma
31 mm x 8 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 Pumtek Stone Bead with Bird Design
Ancient Pumtek Stone Bead with Chevron or Bird in Flight Design - End Damaged

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A fine looking ancient Pumtek stone bead that has some damage to one end. When this design is seen on a dZi bead, Tibetans call it a Garuda design. There are a total of 6 birds on this bead and despite the end damage it is still wearable and has a wonderful usage patina. Many collectors look for old damaged beads so that they can be capped with gold and given a new lease of life.

Condition: Very good, however, there is some loss to one end. Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period 27 mm x 9 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 variation in colour possibly due to longtime burial. It is a 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: 20 mm x 16 mm
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
Ancient Pyu Stone Elephant Bead
Ancient Pyu Black Stone Elephant Bead
Our Price: £108.00

A highly collectible dark hardstone bead in the shape of an elephant. Zoomorphic stone beads were prized as amulets in this region. It displays an opaque black colour that is not so commonly seen and might indicate that it is a darker jade variety. 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: 22 mm x 17 mm
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Antique Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead
Our Price: £200.00

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 hundreds of years. Not to be confused with 20th century Pumtek beads.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma
approx 21 mm
Condition: Excellent
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Antique Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead - 28 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 hundreds of years. Not to be confused with 20th century Pumtek beads. This is also a much larger size than normally seen with these tabular beads.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma
approx 28 mm
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
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Antique Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead - 29 mm
Our Price: £300.00

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 many hundreds of years. Not to be confused with 20th century Pumtek beads. A very large bead of its type displaying a highly sought after patina.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma approx 29 mm
Condition: A robist bead in mostly very good conddition, however, there is very old damage or nik at 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
Our Price: £200.00

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. Not to be confused with 20th century Pumtek beads.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma
approx 19 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
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 Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 16.5 mm

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A highly collectible and large agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. Exquisite!

Collected in the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 16.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13 mm

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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. It has a beautiful colour and fine usage patina.

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 - 15.5 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, cracks or repairs.
Size: 15.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 12.5 mm
Our Price: £150.00

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: 12.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 16 mm

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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: 16 mm
Ancient Pumtek Bead Bracelet - 18 Beads
Ancient Pumtek Bead Bracelet - 18 Beads - Largest 15 mm
Our Price: £1,800.00

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 Matched Pair of Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13 mm
Ancient Matched Pair of Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 13 mm

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A collectible matched pair of highly 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: 13 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
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 11 mm
Our Price: £80.00

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: 11 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 10 mm
Our Price: £80.00

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: 10.13 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 10.5 mm
Our Price: £80.00

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: 10.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 16 mm

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A highly collectible large 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: 16 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 as much as 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
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks or repairs
Size: 16.65 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 14.5 mm
Our Price: £160.00

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: 14.5 mm
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead
Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead - 14.3 mm
Our Price: £150.00

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: 14.3 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
Our Price: £440.00

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: £140.00

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 - 14.67 mm
Our Price: £160.00

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: 14.67 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