There is very little accurate information about Pema Raka beads. As they have become more and more popular the stories about them have multiplied, but most of the information is fanciful at best. Presumably they were made in India, but the irregularities in form and the perforations are very different from the carnelian beads that were made for the South Asian or even the African markets. Whether they were made specifically for the Tibetan market or found their way there, we can’t tell. But they fit perfectly into a Tibetan aesthetic of adornment with all their aged flaws and fantastic strength of character. The wear on them is wonderful and unique to each separate bead. They will continue to increase in price, even as the fakes proliferate. These five come with two small ancient carnelian beads that match them well.
Sizes: 30mm x 19mm; 27 mm x 17 mm; 24 mm x 17 mm; 21 mm x 16 mm; 21 mm x 14 mm; 8 mm x 8 mm; and 8 mm x 8 mm.
Condition: Original, with ancient wear.
Bought in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1970.