19th century Chinese-Tibetan mala - Buddhist rosary consisting of 108 Peking glass blue prayer beads with 4 larger jade 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. Beautiful color to the glass, jade is true nephrite of grey color with darker areas, nice patina, must have been restrung recently. Length when stretched (without tassel) is 14 inches, total length 28 inches, tassel length 3 3/4 inches, glass beads diameter 6.5 mm. Fits very nicely around a wrist.