PAKISTAN, NORTHWEST FRONTIER, BAKTRIAN?, bracelet, circa 3000-500 BC, kidney bean contour, snake head terminals, triangular cross section, bronze, 71x58x12mm, 55.51g. crude technique, very simple artwork reminicent of early Indus,

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The kidney bean contour seems only from NWFP-Gandhara, scholarly literature not found, my attributions are completely “poetic”: someone told me, or the artwork reminds me of something, other websites seem to do this too, looks like Luristan, looks like Achaemenid.

The culture complex we currently term “Baktrian” (Bactrian), developed from the neolithic settlements of Eurasia in the area between the current Iran-Afghan border and Kashmir, more or less. Cities appeared somewhat later than the Indus cities of the south. The horse nomads bothered the locals several centuries before they impacted Indus lands. The late Baktrians resisted Alexander until he had to make a deal with one of them, marrying the king’s daughter, to get through Afghanistan.

Northwest Frontier Province was renamed Khyber Pakhtunwa in 2010.

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.