Ancient Beads can be thousands of years old and reach back to the cradle of civilization!
What fascinates me deeply is that Beads are the oldest art form in the world! They are older than the cave paintings. Most probably you will feel a great difference between wearing ancient beads, full of history, and new factory made. Just imagine the feeling of wearing an old bead, that has been in use for more than 30 generations!
For the sensitive person an ancient bead is charged with the atmosphere of those old cultures that made and used them. This symbolic energy allows the wearer of the bead to be in remembrance of his own ancient human history. This bond links to the real and shows a secret pathway out of the hamster wheel of modern civilization.
In ancient times, before clothes were designed with pockets, beads were used as a kind of currency and a sign of social status. However I dare to say that these beautifully crafted beads were primarily used for ritualistic and religious purposes. They were talismen. Ancient beads were focal points of mystical power in a world of analogue, symbolic and metaphorical self understanding and social navigation.
The Ancient bead as a rechargeable talisman
In my perspective an ancient bead can still be a talisman, not exactly in the way it was used in ancient times, but in a new setting that I would term as postmodern magic. For the modern man everything is seemingly governed by reason. Large parts of our brain are however still rooted in archaic symbolic thinking. In recognizing that we are both logic and symbolic thinking systems, we can in a kind of post modern double code both wear an ancient talisman and a perfect suit and tie. In this sense we charge the talisman, the ancient bead, with our symbolic and deeply emotional rooted intensions and wishes. Through the talisman we are now able to make a great synthesis between our irrational emotional and our need for rational navigations systems.
This is the philosophy of post modern double coded magic as applied to ancient beads.
Ancient beads from Western Asia
Most of the old beads were sourced from Nepal, but even in my native country Denmark I had the good fortune to hunt down some of the best beads in this collection! Also my father as a sailor in the East have in the late 50ties collected many of the beads you see here.
The major part of these wonderful ancient and old beads have come into this gallery from the India of antiquity, covering Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tibet. This 'greater' India was a pioneer in stone bead making and began exporting lapis lazuli and carnelian beads from as early as 2000 B.C! Hence the majority of the beads in this collection are from the Indus Valley Civilization up to 1000 AD.
The collectors and the Buddhists - united in love for ancient beads
Today ancient beads are mostly understood and appreciated by two different categories. One is the growing number of collectors, primarily from the Vest. The other group is consisting of collectors within the different Buddhist-animist traditions. This last category is primarily interested in sulemani agate beads, etched beads and dZi beads.
However ... whatever category or non-category you belong to ...
Feel free to browse through this virtual catalogue of genuine old and ancient beads.
You might find just the right talisman for you ...
ANCIENT AND OLD BEADS FOR SALE!
I have been a passionate collector of beads for more than 30 years. However I have now decided to sell parts of my collection. Feel free to enquire about prices! Kind regards from Gunnar Muhlman!
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This timeless bead in time, in my hand right now, reminds me of my favorite monk, Meister Eckhart, when he says:
All else is simulacra… especially fake beads!