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Ancient Pumtek Six Stripe Stone Bead

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Product Code: PUMT1564


A highly collectible agatised Pumtek bead with six stripes. Beads with the six stripe decoration were the most widely produced of all the pumtek designs. This is a high contrast bead in perfect condition. Beads with similar designs have also been excavated in India, leading some to believe that early Indian bead makers influenced the designs found on many Pumtek. This bead came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently. The darkest beads are the most sought after, so this bead is particularly collectible.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent. No breaks, cracks or repairs.
Size: 12 mm

Pumtek are decorated stone beads that originate from Burma. Some are ancient, some are antique and some are early to late 20th century creations. Pumtek means buried thunderbolt and are highly prized by the Chin tribe of Burma. The majority of these beads are made from silicified wood in the form of opal or chalcedony. By forming in this manner the original form and structure of the wood is often preserved. This is why many Pumtek beads appear to display a woody grain.

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