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Chinese Carved Wood Mala Beads

Another type of Chinese mala that appears fairly often is this string of 18 heads, carved from peach pits, each with a different facial expression... prized by many jewelry designers... these 19th century carved malas are often cut up and sold by the bead.

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08-09-16-2 Chinese Carved Wood Mala Beads

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These 18 bead malas have their own name-they are referred to as the 18 Arhats or the 18 Lohan. The 18 Arhats are Buddhist and similar to the Eight Daoist Immortals ...humans who have transcended to another life...but they still have the ability to take action in events on earth.

I have to wonder if one of the attractions to these beads is not only their artistry... but the spirit they seem to radiate?

Singapore RE 2.5.2

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