701 Carnelian and Puntek Bead Necklace
circa 9th - 13th century
Carnelian and opalized palm wood
Spherical shaped carnelian stone and Puntek beads with striped patterns have been strung to form a necklace. Most of the beads show signs of being hand drilled at both ends.
bead, puntek, carnelian, necklace
Good condition; the holes were plugged with soil which were mostly cleaned by soaking in water. Some of the beads have small chips.
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Puntek beads are made of opalized palm wood according to the major references. The patterns were probably created with natron (calcium carbonate) and baked.
Carnelian and Puntek Bead Necklace
21-1/2" (54.5 cm) overall length
Asian Art Museum. Beauty, Wealth, and Power: Jewels and Ornaments of Asia
Stargardt. The Ancient Pyu of Burma: Vol 1
Dubin. The History of Beads
Francis. "The Beads of India", Arts of Asia. Mar-Apr 1988, pg 102-12
Suchitta. "Ancient Glass in Asia", Muang Boran Journal. vol 11, #1. pg 46-52
Suchitta. "Indian Beads and the Beads Discovered in Thailand", Muang Boran Journal. vol 15, #1. pg 70-85
Vallibhotama. "Pre-Thai: Update on Prehistorical Findings", Muang Boran Journal. vol 16, #4. pg 14-27
5/8" (1.5 cm)
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