Ancient Etched Carnelian Teardrop Bead

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Rare etched carnelian teardrop bead originally found in the ancient Girsu region of the Indus Valley, 2nd - 3rd millennium B.C. This is a one-of-a-kind bead, in excellent condition! An ancient technique of stone etching, the carnelian was painted with a mixture of potash and white lead and then fired. During the time of their manufacture there existed an ancient maritime trade network between ancient Mesopotamian and Harappan cultures. Size is 13mm tall x 10mm diameter at widest bottom of teardrop, with small .5mm hole. Sold individually, price is for this totally unique bead.