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Rare Carved Skull/Bone Necklace - Mid 20th C
Rare Bone Skull Bead Necklace - 19th to Mid 20th C
Our Price: £1,150.00

An uncommon necklace of bone beads that have been carved into stylised human skulls. There are a mix of different size 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
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
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala from Bhutan.
Our Price: £695.00

A rare tantric mala (Thöpa Trengwa) comprised of 108 authentic human skull (cranium) beads. We only manage to acquire a handful of human skull malas every few years and so they are not to be confused with the cheap water buffalo bone malas masqerading as human bone. Our malas are guaranteed to be authentic human cranium beads from Bhutan.

Human bone malas were once crafted from 108 different skulls from 108 different charnel grounds, however, in modern times this would be incredibly difficult to accomplish. The maker of our beads only collects bone from Buddhist practitioners and only bone that has been offered for ritual purposes. The beads often come by way of the off cuts used in the making of other ritual items (see last photo) and to gather enough beads to make a mala can take many months or years. This is a very good size mala and extremely powerful!

The mala includes 108 hand carved disc shaped cranium beads and three banded agate eye beads. The guru bead is crafted from conch shell.

Origin: Bhutan
Strung on strong braided Nylon cord.
diameter approx 14 mm width approx 5 to 7 mm

Please note that skull malas are hand crafted from a number of different skulls and so it is normal for beads to have a slightly different colour and thickness. Any pitting in the beads is completely normal for human cranium and is therefore not considered to be a defect.
Very Rare Bone Mala with Skull head beads - Hand Carved
Very Rare Bone Mala with Skull head beads - Hand Carved
Our Price: £450.00

One of a kind!

Hand carved tantric bone mala from Nepal. Each bead has been masterfully carved in the shape of a human skull. It also includes a set of silver counters with a stylised vajra design and a silver jewel Bhum counter.

Hand carved in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Material: water buffalo bone
Condition: Excellent approx bead size approx 14 mm x 8 mm
108 beads + one large skull divider + guru bead + beaded tassle

Each bead is individually carved and so please expect slight variation in bead size.
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
Antique Tibetan Skull Bead - Human Femur
Antique Tibetan Skull Bead - Human Femur - Large Size
Our Price: £150.00

A rare tantric skull bead carved from the femur head of a human thighbone. Drilled from top to bottom.

Origin: Tibet
Late 19th/ Early 20th C
Material: human bone
Condition: Excellent
height approx 62 mm width approx 44 mm
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
Extra Large Hand Carved Skull Guru Bead
Extra Large Hand Carved Skull Guru Bead for a Mala
Our Price: £50.00

A nicely carved two part bone guru bead in the form of a stylised human skull.

skull measures approx 30 mm x 26 mm
Material: water buffalo bone
Origin: Himalayan/Nepal
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
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