19th century Chinese / Tibetan mala - Buddhist rosary consisting of 108 Chinese carved staghorn prayer beads and 4 faceted horn ones that serve as spacers dividing the prayer beads into groups of 27 each. Traditionally Buddhist rosary of 108 even-sized beads is used for mantra recitation. The thread represents the continuity of the buddhadharma piercing the 108 worldly passions. The mantras are recited to accomplish the four karmas or enlightened activities of pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and destroying. On completion of a full cycle of 108 mantras recitations, the mala is turned around and the next mantra cycle is counted in reversed order along the beads. Staghorn/bone beads are stained green, superb warm patina from handling, wonderful feel of age. Length when stretched is 14.25 inches, total length 28.5 inches, average staghorn bead diameter is 7 mm. Fits very nicely around the neck or the wrist.