Pressed Medicine Prayer Beads China; early 20th century, 16 pressed medicine pellets wrapped in bright red silk is a distinctively Chinese string of beads that combines medicinal properties with aesthetic appeal. Its 3 green turquoise separator beads and a guru bead with a finely braided endless knot decoration add vivid colors to the brilliant red of the beads.
Walnut Prayer Beads Japan; 18th century This juzu made of fourteen wooden beads carved as skulls has a gathering bead equivalent to a Tibetan guru bead—called a mother bead (oyadama) in Japan—in the shape of a wooden drum. Such drums are used to maintain the rhythm during recitations of ritual formulas (dharani) and chanting in Japanese temples. It is topped by an exquisitely carved from ivory lotus root and a characteristic round bonbon tassel.
Count Your Blessings: The Art of Prayer Beads in #Asia. Rubin Museum of Art - 150 W. 17 St., NYC. This exhibition addresses the origins of prayer beads, the significance of 108 beads in a set, the structure of #prayer #beads, their materials and #symbolism, and status versus practical aspects of their use.
Thai Amulet 108 Wood Pray Beads Buddha Blessed Brown Charm Chanting Necklace XXX