Long, cylindrical reddish-brown amber beads. This rare amber is known as burmite, a type of fossilised amber that originates in  Kachin State, and which was known to the Chinese as early as the Han period (206 BC-220 AD).

This type of necklace was worn by Mizo women in what is now Mizoram state, formerly part of India’s Assam state. The Mizos prized amber for its reddish-brown mottled colour. One can see ancient debris caught in the amber. There is wear according to age. The red wool is a traditional stringing.

Weight 112 grams

Related examples are in Untracht (1997, p. 82).
References:

“Colliers ethniques d’Afrique d’Asie, d’Océanie et d’Amérique”, Leurquin, Anne, Skira, 2003

“Ethnic jewellery and adornment”, Daalder, Truus, Ethnic Art Press, 2009

Burmese necklace rare Burmite, Mizoran 19th Century

£950.00Price