All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre AD 1000 item #1383261 (stock #SA179)
Believed to protect the owner from misfortune, these were among the most highly prized beads in the ancient world. They were especially valued in Tibet, though they were not produced there. This one would have been manufactured in South Asia some time between 2,000 and 4,000 years ago. As with all dzi beads, the dark brown area of the stone may have been darkened in a process that involved it being coated with a solution of natural sugar and then baked...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre AD 1000 item #1332692 (stock #SA218)
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...