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Rare Human Skull Bone Mala
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala with Antique Turquoise & Pema Raka
Our Price: £695.00

A rare tantric mala (Thöpa Trengwa) comprised of 108 authentic human bone beads. The mala includes 108 hand carved disc shaped human bone beads. The main guru bead is comprised of two antique turquoise beads. There are also three additional antique turquoise dividers and two antique Pema Raka (carnelians) that flank the guru bead. All of the stone beads display a beautiful usage patina commensurate with great age. The human bone beads are not to be confused with the cheap water buffalo bone malas masqerading as human bone! Guaranteed to be authentic!!

Origin: Tibet/Himalayas
Strung on strong braided Nylon cord.
Human bone beads diameter approx 14 mm width approx 4 mm
Turquoise approx 20 mm x 16 mm
Pema Raka  approx 18 mm x 14 mm
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala with Carved Conch Skull Dividers
Our Price: £250.00

A rare tantric mala (Thöpa Trengwa) comprised of 108 authentic human skull beads. The mala includes 108 hand carved disc shaped beads and a two part guru bead. It also has three rare hand carved conch dividers in the shape of human skulls. Once our stock has been exhausted it is very unlikely that we will have more because they are now incredibly difficult to find. They are not to be confused with the cheap water buffalo bone malas masqerading as human bone! Guaranteed to be authentic!!

Origin: Himalayas
Strung on strong braided Nylon cord.
diameter approx 14 mm
width approx 4 mm

Conch skull beads 18 mm x 14 mm
Rare Quality Extra Large Conch Mala inlaid with turquoise 18 mm
Rare Quality Extra Large Conch Mala inlaid with turquoise - 18 mm
Our Price: £200.00

This mala has extra large and very fine conch (chank) shell beads. They have been polished smooth, so they are perfectly matched in size and shape. Each bead has also been inlaid with a fine turquoise and coral powder, which makes each bead very unique. There are a total of 30 beads plus the guru bead.

30 beads plus the Guru Bead
bead size approx 18 mm
guru bead size 22 mm
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
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. If you require more please add them to your shopping cart.

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
Rare Antique Bone Mala - 11 mm Diameter
Rare Antique Ivory Mala w/ Antique Turquoise, Coral & Amber ~ 18th to 19th C

Please contact us for availability.

A rare antique tantric mala or Trengwa comprised of antique ivory (18th/19th C). As with most antique malas, beads are often lost over time or are replaced with other precious beads to make up the numbers. There are only 80 antique ivory beads on this mala and it is assumed that there were once 108. According to the Samputa Tantra, a wrathful mala needs 60 beads and the minimum number of beads for Vajrayana practice is actually 50 beads and not 108 as widely believed. The mala also includes genuine antique amber beads worn smooth from use and also antique turquoise and antique red coral. All display a desirable usage patina that is commensurate with age and ritual use. The two part guru bead is also original and crafted from antique ivory. It is said that the Guru bead is meant to have the appearance of a stupa and in this form represents the Dharmadhatu, the mind in its natural state or reality 'as it is'.

The mala also includes old silver counters which are probably a later addition but they still have some age and are well matched to the mala. On one side of the counters there is a lovely piece of old conch. It appears to have been worn smooth from being used on a prayer wheel. Tibetans believe that the mantra filled drum of a prayer wheel imbues these small pieces of conch with the power of the mantras. Often necklaces of 108 beads are crafted from small discs that have been created simply by the action of a rotating prayer wheel and a bamboo rod cutting into the conch. They are then worn as amulets and highly valued.

Origin: Tibet
Age: 18th/19th C
Re-strung on strong braided cord.
80 x antique ivory approx 7 mm
6 x antique coral beads 11 mm to 14 mm (coral beads are mostly good and remain robust, however, some have cracks or surface fissures commensurate with age).
5 x antique amber 16 mm to 28 mm
5 x antique turquoise 13 mm to 15 mm
Rare Antique Bone Mala - 11 mm Diameter
Rare Antique Bone Mala - 11 mm Diameter

SOLD!

A rare complete tantric mala or Trengwa comprised of 108 antique bone beads. The mala includes 108 disc shaped bone beads and three additional round bone bead dividers. All of the bone beads present on this mala were aquired together and none of the 108 beads are missing. The guru bead is comprised of an antique round bone bead and a beautiful antique turquoise bead, polished smooth from being worn and handling. On the tassle are two antique coral beads (7mm). There is a leather strung antique silver counter with all 10 counting beads present. This is also inlaid with antique coral on both sides and has been worn smooth from countless years of handling.

The previous owner aquired the bone beads in Tibet some years ago and was told by a Lama that they were crafted from human femur bone as apposed to human cranium. It is hard to say if this is true or not, so we are simply offering them as bone beads. In this condition and the fact that all are present is rare enough in itself. They have a wonderful usage patina and certainly feel very different from many other bone beads we have handled.
They have been re-strung for ease of use as the original cord was no longer practical.

Origin: Collected in Tibet
Age: 19th C
Re-strung on strong braided cord.
diameter approx 11 mm
width approx 4 mm
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala - 13mm Diameter
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala - 13mm Diameter

SOLD!

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

Origin: Himalayas
Beads were crafted in the mid 1990s
Strung on strong braided Nylon cord.
diameter approx 13 mm
width approx 4 mm