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String of Carnelian Melon Beads

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String of Carnelian Melon Beads

Very heavy (1.2 lbs) string of 47 large carnelian melon beads of varying sizes and shapes. Beads such as these have been used in China and traded into Tibet since the Tang dynasty. Strung on black cord. Period: Ming or Early Qing Dimension: Width from 1.5cm to 2.5cm Thickness from 8mm to 2cm Provenance: Ex collection of Robert Cornell, Mass.

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