A collection of faience ornaments from Harappa. The Harappans developed a very compact glassy faience that was produced in a variety of colors, ranging from white, to blue green, deep blue and even red-brown.
Ancient Indus Civilization Jewelry.
Faience beads of different shapes and colors were found in the bead pot (83). Some of these appear to be imitations of the natural stones; deep azure blue lapis lazuli, blue-green turquoise and banded to imitate banded agate.
These tiny steatite beads were found in the Harappan cemetery and come from an elaborate hair ornament worn by a male individual. Each bead is less than .01 cm long and less than .01 cm diameter.
This bead was thought to be the earliest glass in the subcontinent, dating at least to 1700 BC. Trench 38, Late Harappan Period. However, subsequent analysis in 2008 has determined that it is not glass, but some form of crystalline rock.
The beads in the top three rows of from the bead pot (83) were drilled with tapering holes, possibly with tubular drill or tapered cylindrical drill. The green beads are amazonite, banded agate, jasper. The rest are carnelian.