SOLOMONS AGATE VERSUS SULEMANI AGATE
Even though Sulemani means Solomon,
ancientbead.com has chosen to define the term
Solomon Agate as different from Sulemani Agate.
Real Solomon agate?
Here you can see bead samples made of
agate with a quite different look.
From where this agate was sourced nobody knows.
SB 0 -
Period: before 1000 B.C.
Dholak shaped Sulemani agate beads
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Average: 30 * 10 mm
Matehtilay, Maline, Burma
These exceptionally beautiful Sulemani beads look like new beads.
I have not seen such colors, black translucense and banding as one can observe in these beads.
A close examination of the holes shows that the beads have almost not been used.
However, they are most probably ancient, displaying the most wonderful excavation
patina with a lovely soft sheen. They have been stored away as precious jewels.
You can read more about excavation beads here.
I marvel at this ancient skill of letting the artful patterns emerge out of the raw stone.
These beads may have originated from India, but could also be a product of Burma's own craftsmen.
30 * 10 mm
I have singled this bead out of the lot because of its exceptional beauty.
A Tibetan bead trader called it a single chakri bead.
11 - 26 * 23 * 12 mm
Origin: The Himalayas
300 B.C. to 1000 A.D.
This wonderful tabular, natural banded agate bead has a beautiful patina and a unique
Like the Bhaisajyagurubeads below this bead has a chocolate brown colour with natural crystalline banding.
Barrel shaped Sulemani agate beads
23 * 10 mm
17 * 11 mm
14 * 9 mm
Bicone Sulemani agate beads
22 * 14 mm
23 * 13 mm
23 * 12 mm
15 * 10 mm
18 * 11 mm
Wonderful Bhaisajyaguru beads!
Buddhist Bhaisajyaguru beads
Sulemani agate in a globular bead shape was used by Sufi Moslem Faqirs and before that
they were used as Buddhist prayer beads. Especilly Afghanistan is interesting in this context.
Afghanistan was a predominant Buddhist culture up to 1000 AD!
As round Buddhist prayer beads the sulemani agate beads are also known as Bhaisajyaguru beads.
These Prayer beads removes according to tradition, roots of diseases, ensures health and longevity.
In Mahayana Buddhism, Bhaisajyaguru represents the healing aspect of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni.
These beads have been in the hands of beings with pure intentions for generations.
Some of these beings may even have been enlightened!
Small globular &
barrel shaped Sulemani/Bhaisajyaguru beads
Average size: 6 mm
Ancient globular Sulemani agate beads
Around 300 B.C. to 1000 A.D.
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Smaller banded Sulemani beads
Average size: 10 * 5,5 mm
Ancient banded barrel shaped Sulemani agate beads
300 B.C. to 1000 A.D.
Around 450 small sulemani beads displayed in BS 11 & BS
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