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Ancient Khmer Bead 1

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Rare and beautiful circa 6th CE cylindrical large “barrel” shaped Pre Khmer banded agate bead. I acquired this about 13 years ago in Thailand; at that time I was told it came out of Cambodia. Recently I came across a photo reference for this type of bead- Khmer Gold: Gifts for the Gods: Emma Bunker and Douglas Lateford, which identifies this as pre 6th century which would make it either Chenla or Funan Kingdoms, and excavated in Banteay Meanchy Province, Cambodia, which backs up the original provenance. L: 5.7cm/2.2in and D: 1.2cm/0.5in – weight 17grams.