Huge very old pit-fired ceramic counterweight bead with celadon glaze. Japan. b2-606(e)
Huge very old pit-fired ceramic counterweight bead with celadon glaze.
Not a stone at all – fired ceramic subjected to acid to etch craters! This is not a dinosaur eggs, but it does look like something from pre- history! Possibly the egg of fire breathing dragons or even a phoenix. In reality it is a large (46.59 x 37.98 mm. bead with a hole 7.30 mm. across. This egg- shaped beads has been pit fired, then glazed in dark celadon green color. The craters are later formed with acid to cause craters and are fired a second time to turn the pits to a burnt ash brown. Most likely used as a counterweight bead. It is our opinion that this process is very ancient and that this bead could be centuries old. We just haven't found another like it to make that determination. 87 grams