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Chinese Carved Jade Mala Beads

While beads are often associated with adornment or jewelry, beads have been part of spiritual and religious all parts of the world...for tens of thousands of years. Prayer beads in Asia are often referred to as a mala ...the beads range from simple materials to elaborately carved rare stones.

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08-09-16-1 Chinese Carved Jade Mala Beads

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A mala, commonly used by Hindus or Buddhists, may be any number of beads that can be evenly divided by 9. The Mandarin Court Necklace I wrote about August 15th, 2007... with 108 beads, is the largest Asian prayer string also referred to as a mala.

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 ... I believe the reason there are only 16 monks is, the set was separated and probably the other two were made into earrings.

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