The Pyu culture in Burma dates as far back as 400-100 BC. It flourished during most of the first millennium AD. Artistically, the Pyu were highly sophisticated craftsman and goldsmiths. In the world of beads, the Pyu are famous for their etched stone beads, glass beads, and their very sophisticated gold work. Pyu bead smiths made exquiste beads from carnelian, agates, opalized or agatized palm and a rare form of green chalcedony. The earliest forms of what we know as Pumtek beads have their origins in Pyu bead making
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