Incredible 2000 year-old agate from Uddiyana, Pakistan U023
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This beautiful bead is one of a small collection of extraordinary pieces we have just acquired. They are from the Swat Valley in Pakistan – the ancient location of Uddiyana (Orgyen/Urgyen), where many siddhas of the past were born, including Padmasambhava – the founder of Esoteric Buddhism in Tibet – himself. For more on the history and importance of this sacred land, click here.
Uddiyana was already recognized as an important pilgrimage place by the time of King Ashoka in the 3rd century BC, when these beads were made.
These beads are between 2000 and 2500 years old and were recently recovered from an archeological dig in Pakistan. Due to their extreme age, we have stabilized the beads with a special epoxy made for use on fossils and ancient mineral samples. They are safe to wear all the time, and are sure to contain great blessings.