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233g ANTIQUE CHINESE TIBETAN NEPALESE MELON FORM RED CARNELIAN BEADS


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Exact age unknown, but at least 100 years old, possibly much older
Natural red carnelian (agate)
Beads measure from 220 mm (largest) to 140 mm (smallest)
Weight: 233.6 grams
From a Montreal, Canada private collection

A strand of 34 carnelian / red agate beads, carved in the Chinese/ Tibetan melon style. The age wear, patina, and carving workmanship suggests that this necklace may be very old. The individual beads show characters of the "horse brain" patterning seen in classic Chinese "ma nao".

Condition: Generally good antique condition. Due to age, there is extensive surface wear (some beads appear somewhat dull). Some beads are pitted and cracked. [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]