Seller: paropamiso.gioielli (667) 100%, Location: Venezia, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 111485045346 Condition: Very good condition, small dig marks., Material: Agate, Details: Big Chinese agate bead of dark brown colour. This type of bead can be found in the Himalayan regions, like this one, but also in the Persian area. Ancient, very fine usage patina, it presents signs of age that could not reproduced artificially, and some small dig marks. The shape is flat round. We suppose it dates to the Tang Dynasty (from 618CE to 907CE), supported by the picture visible in "Sparkling Splendors - The Thaoshi Zhai collection", pages 218, picture 230See about also "The History of Beads", Thames & Hudson, L. S. Dubin, in the chapter dedicated to the asian agate beads. Size: from hole to hole: 26mm. diameter: 26mm. weigth: 26,2grms. Ancient and antique agate beads, that are diffused from the Mesopotamia (4000BCE) to Himalayan regions and beyond until 19th century, often are not decorated, however various methods were used in antiquity to alter the colour of the stone. These treatments made the crystalline layers or banding more prominent and thus enhanced the appereance of eyes and stripes. This in turn made the beads and the stone more desirable for personal adornment and for their use as amulets.This bead seems to has been treated as dZi beads for the dark colour, but without any decoration like "eyes" or "stripes". Import duties, sales taxes (vat) and other charges are not included in the item prices or in the shipping charges. These charges are under the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be, before bidding / buying. If you are not satisfied of your purchase, we accept return within 14 days for a full refund, less postage. Please look carefully to our pictures and read sizes and weight, because pictures are oversized to show lacks and values. We do not accept to undervalue our items. Please do not pay before receiving the final invoice including shipping fees. We’ll ship out of Europe purchases over euro 100,00 ONLY by FedEx courier. Insurance on demand. Our items are vintage or antique and will show signs of age. However we will point out any damage or fault. Please look at our pictures, they are extremely precise, but they are just pictures, so colors could change from monitor to monitor. If you have any doubt about colors, please call us or write to us for any information. Please email us for any questions or additional photos. Although the utmost care is taken with packing and dispatch; all items are sent at owner’s risk.