Ancient JATIM Indo-Pacific Trade Glass Beads M00665_B


Ancient Indo-Pacific Blue Monochrome Glass Trade beads, known as JATIM glass beads. JATIM is short for Jawa Timor or East Java which is the origin of these beads. They are believed to date back to the period between the 5th and the 8th centuries.

The beads are ancient and somewhat irregular in shape. Every bead is unique.  

Bead Size:

Length: 15mm - 18mm

Diameter: 16mm - 20mm

Hole size: 4mm

Weight: 222g

Length of strand including raffia: 28 inches

Number of beads: 32 beads (1 cracked in half)

Weights and sizes are approximate.


It is known that in the last 2-3 decades a new bead-making industry in Indonesia has become increasingly skilled in producing skillful imitations of ancient glass beads, frequently using the ancient glass to rework the beads.  These beads were purchased from a collector in Java, and to the best of our knowledge are authentic.  However, should upon examination you decide these beads are not what we believe they are, we stand by our no-questions-asked return policy. See our Return Policy for detail. 

In the world of beads, and especially ancient and antique beads, errors in identification are common. We do our best to research and classify our beads accurately, however, mistakes are certainly possible. If you are a bead expert and notice any errors in the description, we invite you to please contact us and let us know. We are always grateful for any new information. We also accept returns n

COLORS: Our photos are taken in different lighting in an attempt to show how beads look in different lighting conditions. We make every effort to show colors as accurately as possible. The white background photos are taken in daylight conditions. The black background photos are taken in the strong lab light and would be representative of what they would look like in the evening electric light. Some of the photos are backlit to emphasize their translucency. Note that monitor settings strongly affect the way the colors look. What you see on your monitor may differ from what you see with the naked eye depending on your monitor settings.

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