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Very Rare Complete Set of  Ritual Bone Ornaments
Very Rare Complete Set of Ritual Bone Ornaments

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A complete set of ritual bone ornaments. It includes the headress, apron, two anklets and two wristlets and breast piece. Comprised of intricately carved Dakini figures, auspicious symbols and seed syllables. The maker of these aprons supplies many of the main Monsateries in Tibet, Bhutan, India and Nepal and each set can take several months to complete. Such costumes are used during important tantric rituals and performances and were traditionally made from human bone. This set is crafted from Water Buffalo bone.

Origin: Hand crafted in Nepal
Antique Red Coral, Turquoise & Conch Necklace
Antique Red Coral, Turquoise & Conch Necklace

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A wonderful necklace comprised of authentic antique nagaland conch shell beads and antique natural red coral and antique turquoise. Strung on leather cord and ready to be worn. The beads display a desirable usage patina and weathering commensurate with age. Gorgeous!

Private European collection from the 1980s
Age of Beads = 100 to 500 years old.
Condition: Excellent
approx length of necklace = 24 inches
large conch focal bead = 31 mm x 27 mm
largest turquoise = 29.5 mm x 22 mm
coral = 8 mm to 12 mm
Antique Mother of Pearl, Lapis Lazuli & Coral Mala - 27 Beads
Antique Mother of Pearl, Lapis Lazuli & Coral Mala - 27 Beads
Our Price: £450.00

A lovely 27 bead mala comprised of antique Mother of Pearl and natural antique coral (undyed). The guru bead is crafted from Lapis Lazuli (newly made) and the tassle also has eight small antique coral beads. There are a total of 26 hand cut antique Mother of Pearl beads with amazing iridescence and a large central coral bead (14mm x 13 mm) that makes up the 27 beads that are counted. This type of mala is ideally suited for keeping count of prostrations or used as a more discreet mala (4 rounds of 27 = 108). Recently re-strung on strong braided cord. The coral is particularly attractive as it has natural inclusions that form two white zones or eyes in the centre of the bead.

Mother of Pearl beads (approx 8 to 9 mm) = 100 years old + Large Coral (14 mm x 13 mm) = 100 to 300 years old
Small Coral (5 mm) = 100 years old +
Beads sourced in Nepal

Conch Shell Disc Mala
Conch Shell Disc Mala
Our Price: £150.00

Only 1 available!

A marvelous conch (chank) shell mala with hard to find disc shaped beads.

Beads diameter approx 15 mm
Sourced in Nepal

Please note that these beads are hand cut and polished, so please expect slight variations in size.
Extra Large Hand Carved Skull Bead
Extra Large Hand Carved Skull Bead
Our Price: £150.00

A very fine hand carved bead in the form of a human skull.

59 mm x 39 mm
Material: Antler
Origin: Himalayan/Nepal
Antique Tibetan Bone Hair Ring - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Bone Hair Ring - 19th C
Our Price: £180.00

A lovely looking antique bone hair ring with a wonderful usage patina. It does closely resemble ivory, however, it is more likely to be bone.

age: mid 20th C or earlier
42 mm diameter - width 16 mm
inside hole measures 23 mm
Material: Bone
Origin: East Tibet
Old Hand Carved Vajrapani Ritual Bone Apron Pendant
Old Hand Carved Vajrapani Ritual Bone Apron Pendant

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A very fine hand carved ritual bone apron pendant in the wrathful form of Vajrapani.

age: 20th C
height 3.5 inches
width 1.5 inches
Material: Bone
Origin: Himalayan/Nepal
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala from Bhutan - 9 to 10 mm Diameter
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala from Bhutan - 9 to 10 mm Diameter
Our Price: £495.00

A very rare tantric mala (Thöpa Trengwa) comprised of 108 authentic human skull beads. The mala includes 108 hand crafted disc shaped beads and a two part guru bead. They are not to be confused with the water buffalo bone malas masqerading as human bone! Guaranteed to be authentic!!

Origin: Bhutan
diameter approx 9 to 10 mm
width 4 mm to 8 mm

Each bead is hand cut and so please expect slight varriation in size between each bead.
Large Antique Conch Shell Pendant - Nagaland
Large Antique Conch Shell Pendant - Nagaland
Our Price: £150.00

A beautiful large conch or chank shell pendant displaying a lovely patina and wear at the holes. This is a genuine Nagaland tribal piece. There are holes on the reverse side to allow it to be suspended on a necklace.

Sourced in India in the 1970s
Age: 19th/early 20th C
Condition: Excellent with weathering commensurate with age
size approx 4 inches x 2 inches
Three Matched Laughing Skull Beads - Hand Carved
Three Matched Laughing Skull Beads - Hand Carved
Our Price: £120.00

Three wonderful hand carved skull beads of rare quality. A great size for using as dividers on a more wrathful mala. You will receive a perfect matched set of three beads. Each bead is drilled straight through at the top of the head and exiting at the base. Each bead is carved by hand and thus has its own unique character.

Hand carved in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Material: Deer Antler
Condition: Excellent
height approx 21 mm
width approx 17 mm
Rare Carved Skull/Bone Necklace - Mid 20th C
Rare Bone Skull Bead Necklace - Mid 20th C
Our Price: £1,150.00

A rare necklace of bone beads that have been carved in the shape of skulls. There is a mixed variety of skull beads and also round bone beads (believed by the previous owner to be crafted from human bone, however, this is unproven). Some of the skull beads with a more noticeable patina are believed to be 19th C beads and others are around 40 or 50 years old.

Origin: Himalayas/India
Private British Collection
Beads were collected in Nepal in the 1970s.
Age: 19th C to Mid 20th C
Material: Carved skulls are Water Buffalo bone
largest 18 mm x 11 mm
length of necklace 33 inches
Bone Skull Beads
Large Bone Skull Bead
Our Price: £5.00

These large vintage skull beads came out of Tibet but were probably made in India or Nepal. In the Himalayan regions the skull bead has long been used in traditional mala compositions. They are also used to adorn ritual dance costumes. You will receive ONE bead of identical quality to the beads shown.

age: less than 50 years
height approx 30 mm x 28 mm
Large Hand Carved Bone Skull Bead
Large Hand Carved Bone Skull Bead - 40 mm
Our Price: £35.00

These large vintage skull beads were probably crafted in India or Nepal and they are nice examples. You will receive ONE bead of identical quality to the beads shown.

age: less than 50 years
width at widest point approx 40 mm
Material: Water Buffalo Bone
Three Matched Rare Quality Conch Shell Skull Beads
Three Matched Rare Quality Conch Shell Skull Beads
Our Price: £30.00

Three wonderful hand carved conch skull beads. A perfect set full of character and great for adding to a mala.

Sourced in Nepal
Material: Conch/Chank Shell
Condition: Excellent
height approx 17 mm
width approx 16 mm
Huge Conch Shell Bead
Huge Conch Shell Bead
Our Price: £12.00

A wonderful chunky barrel shaped bead. Each bead is hand cut and polished and will display natural pitting and swirls of colour inherent in the shell. These are the nicest conch beads we have come across in recent years.

You will receive one bead of comparable quality to the photo. Please add more to your shopping cart if your require more.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Excellent
length approx 25 mm width approx 25 mm
Three Huge Conch Shell Beads
Three Huge Conch Shell Beads
Our Price: £30.00

Three wonderful chunky barrel shaped conch (also chank) shell beads. Each bead is hand cut and polished and will display natural pitting and swirls of colour inherent in the shell. These are the nicest conch beads we have come across in recent years.

You will receive three beads of comparable quality to the photo. Please add more to your shopping cart if your require more.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Excellent
length approx 25 mm width approx 25 mm