Seller: vwalleni (1,359) 100%, Location: naantali, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 232829682334 It is finally time to admit to myself that I will never have the time to sort out and catalogue or enough proper storing space for everything I have hoarded over decades as a collector. Therefore, I am offering this fascinating lot of ancient Indus culture items to you. Items have been examined under a microscope under different lights for cross referencing (white, blue, natural, work, UV) and been compared with other items and vast collection of reference literature. In the lot you will find a good collection of various types of beads used by the Indus culture. There are different shapes, materials, sizes, colors, and techniques represented in the lot. Beads are intact but, obviously, show various signs of age as should be expected. Beautiful micro grooves, smoothening, porousness, brittling, crackling, calcification, encrustation, patina... The list is endless. Materials include, among others, ceramics, bone, shells, mother of pearl, coral/ marine originated materials, and even one fine cream-coloured jade bead. There have been speculations about the largest, ribbed bone ring. One theory was that it is a pendant or mount of some kind. This theory was quickly debunked, though, after closer examination as there are no signs on it that would show it has been suspended or mounted/ attached onto anything. The more believable theory is that it is an extremely rare Indus culture proto money aka similar to, for instance, Celtic ring money. You will, also, find two exceptional seal stamps in the lot. Both still have cataloguing number tags on them. Both are ceramic. One of the stamps is of a relatively rare type of double-ended, cylindrical seal stamp. On one end it has a leaf or a spring shoot pattern and on the other a floral design. It is alleged tha these types of stamps were used in recording harvest produces. The other seal stamp is a large, superbly executed, extremely intricately decorated stamp. It is more than likely that a seal of this level of sophistication was not a common cataloguing type of seal but, rather, a personal stamp of either a person of status or a stamp of some high authoritative "office". The pattern has not been identified, yet, but maybe you will have the time to do it. Seal stamps are among the most valued items of the Indus culture so these two would adorn any collection. Beautiful signs of age on these, as well. Fine lot from one of the world's three most organized and influential ancient cultures. The other two being ancient Egypt and Mesopotamian area cultures. Ancient Indus culture small items are, also, among the hardest to come by. Study pics carefully as they are an integral part of the description. The photos will, also, provide you the measures in centimetres. Happy bidding! Clearing out my hoard so do check my other items and lots, too. Lots of treats available. All my auctions are NO RESERVE! Condition: As per pics. Considering age, excellent museum quality condition.