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Chinese Carved Jade Mala Beads

This string features 16 carved white jade figures of monks with small carnelian beads (carved with the Shou symbol) I believe that these jade monk beads were at on time also part of a prayer string… which would have had 18 beads originally.


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  1. Starr Ward
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Your photos of the mala beads and the the other carved beads are just incredible! The beads themselves are gorgeous, but I know it is SO hard to get good photos with details on white and clear , and yours really do justice! I’m in love with the rock crystal beads!

    I have a white jade mala necklace with each bead having many tiny carved Buddhas around the surface. I’ve seen pictures of single walnuts carved like this, but not jade, and not a complete necklace. Have you ever seen this before? Each tiny face/figure is distinct, and it’s really neat. I’d like to get it appraised sometime, too–any suggestions? There are some spacer/counter beads and the guru bead is different. The string looks like it was meant to be just a temporary string, though. I’d sure appreciate you thoughts on it!

  2. admin
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for the compliment! I have not seen what you are describing in jade either. I will contact you directly …I would be interested in finding out more about them.