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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
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.
Very Rare Bone Mala with Skull head beads - Hand Carved
Very Rare Bone Mala with Skull head beads - Hand Carved
Our Price: £325.00

An impressive hand carved bone mala from Nepal. Each bead has been masterfully carved in the shape of a human skull. Made in very small numbers these malas are not available elsewhere. They are without doubt the best bone malas available!

Hand carved in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Material: water buffalo bone
Condition: Excellent
bead size approx 14 mm x 9 mm

Individually carved and so please expect slight variations in size.
Antique Tibetan Ivory Bracelet (Damaged) - 18th/19th C
Antique Tibetan Ivory Bracelet (Damaged) - 18th/19th C
Our Price: £180.00

A beautful antique Tibetan ivory bracelet with ingenious silver repairs. The ivory displays a beautiful patina from possibly centuries of being worn. Unfortunately the bracelet is damaged and is now in three parts. It is clear that this piece was skillfully repaired on two other occasions and these old repairs only enhance the overall beauty and ethnographic importance of the piece. It also shows just how greatly ivory was valued and how much the bracelet was cherished by the previous owners. With a little more love and attention it could be restored and given a new lease of life.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Material: Ivory and Tibetan silver .
Age: 18th/19th C or earlier

actual outer measurement 98 mm
inside measurement 70 mm (will open larger if needed)
width = 13 mm
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
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: bone
Origin: Himalayan/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.
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 exits at the base.

Hand carved in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Material: bone
Condition: Excellent
height approx 21 mm
width approx 17 mm
Hand Carved Bone Phurba
FINE QUALITY BONE PHURBA
Our Price: £65.00

A fantastic hand carved bone Phurba or Kila. With hole at the apex to allow them to be worn.

Origin: Bhaktapur, Nepal
length approx 2.3 inches
Conch Shell Disc Mala - 13 mm x 5 mm
Conch Shell Disc Mala - 13 mm x 5 mm
Our Price: £50.00

A lovely white conch shell mala with hard to find disc shaped beads.

Material: Conch (Indian Chank Shell)
Strung on strong braided cord.
Beads diameter approx 13 mm x 15 mm
Sourced in Nepal

Please note that these beads are hand cut and polished,
so please expect slight variations in size.
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 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
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
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
Very Rare Complete Set of  Ritual Bone Ornaments
Very Rare Complete Set of Ritual Bone Ornaments

Please contact us for the price.

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
Old Hand Carved Dharmapala Pendant
Old Hand Carved Dharmapala Pendant

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A very well carved bone Dharmapala protector pendant. Unfortunately there is tiny loss to the bottom of each ear. This is not really noticeable unless it is pointed out = ) There is a suspension hole at the apex.

age: mid 20th C or earlier
height 43 mm inches
width 25 inches
Material: Bone
Origin: Himalayan/Nepal
Very Rare Bone Mala with Skull head beads - Hand Carved
Very Rare Bone Mala with Skull head beads - Hand Carved

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A one of a kind hand carved bone mala from Nepal. Each bead has been masterfully carved in the shape of a human skull. The very best!

Hand carved in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Material: water buffalo bone
Condition: Excellent
approx bead size approx 14 mm x 8 mm
Individually carved and so please expect slight variations in size.