Tibetan Stained Bone Mala

18th/19th Century Bone
Tibet
L: 34cm

Provenance:
• The Mimi Lipton Collection.

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Mala consisting of 108 Irregular stained bone beads with large pigeons blood coral bead spacers, with two bronze dorje counter beads with 10 beads on leather tassels. The large guru bead in the form of a human skull on one side, the other side an old man. Bone malas are deemed to be powerful ritual equipment and are used for rites of forceful activity, meaning annihilating confusion and obstacles. This bone mala was probably used for wrathful Buddhist practices, which is further illustrated by the inclusion of skull-shaped guru bead.