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Above: Ancient Phum dZi with gold end caps.

This category features ancient Phum dZi (say it like Püm with the H being silent). Beads are typically decorated with the longevity or net design. The word Phum probably derives from the Tibetan word for vase, which may also be spelt Büm (as in Bümpa). A ritual vase (Tib:gtso-bum) is used to confer Vajrayana empowerments and represents the mandala of the deity. The long life or nectar vase (Tib: tshe bum) is believed to bestow longevity. Phum dZi are usually fat beads with a grey to black base colour. They can also vary greatly in quality and size. Many Tibetans believe they are the oldest of all the dZi beads found in Tibet. Some rare Phum dZi may even include eyes and other motifs.

Phum dZi are not to be confused with the smaller black and white longevity agates.


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Rare Ancient Phum Dzi with Mountain Peaks
Rare Ancient Phum dZi with Mountain Peaks
Our Price: £1,400.00

A fantastic ancient Phum dZi with the longevity decoration and four moutain peaks. A perfect size for adding to a mala.

Condition: Mostly Very Good with minor weathering.
Soured in Nepal
17 mm x 15 mm
400 BCE to 600 CE
Rare Ancient Barrel Shaped Longevity dZi
Rare Ancient Barrel Shaped Longevity dZi
Our Price: £1,000.00

A fantastic ancient longevity dZi bead with a rare barrel shape or possibly a small ancient Phum dZi. A perfect size for adding to a mala.

Condition: Mostly Very Good with minor weathering.
Soured in Nepal
14 mm x 11 mm
400 BCE to 600 CE
Himalayan Bead Necklace with Ancient Phum dZi, Coral, Amber, Turquoise & Silver
Himalayan Bead Necklace with Ancient Phum dZi, Coral, Amber, Turquoise & Silver
Our Price: £825.00

This necklace was aquired in the 1970s by the previous owner. It is comprised of antique red coral, antique turquoise, antique amber (possibly Burmite and of Burmese origin), a portion of an ancient Phum dZi and numerous hilltribe silver beads. The ancient Phum dZi was clearly broken many hundreds of years ago and has a patina and wear at both ends that indicates it continued to be heirloomed, worn and cherished despite the break. A great collection of beads that makes for a very eye catching and unique necklace.

33 antique red coral beads (smallest 8 mm diameter, largest 18 mm)
3 antique turquoise beads (largest 24 mm x 24 mm)
Ancient Phum dZi (20 mm x 15 mm)
largest amber 27 mm
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering and patina commensurate with age.
Length of strand approx 20 inches
total weight 112 grams

n.b. One of the amber beads has loss to one of the ends
Rare Quality Ancient Phum dZi
Rare Quality Ancient Phum dZi

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A rare quality ancient Phum dZi with great colour and clear longevity decoration. Highly prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

Condition: Very Good with weathering commensurate with age. No breaks or repairs.
29.15 mm x 17 mm
1000 BCE to 300 CE
Sourced in Nepal