Ancient JATIM Indo-Pacific Trade Carved Glass Beads M00667_A


Ancient Indo-Pacific 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. These particular beads are brick-red, carved into a rare shape that the locals refer to as a "starfruit".  Please refer to the important note after the dimensions for more detail. Similar beads are  shown on page 70 in the Bead Timeline book by James W. Lankton (Fig 7.8 - 923)

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

Bead Size:

Length: 17.5mm - 18mm

Diameter: 18.5mm - 22mm

Hole size: 4mm

Weight: 222g

Number of beads: 35 beads

Length of strand including raffia: 30 inches

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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