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


 
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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


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