Approximately 1" long each, these 20 beads are truly extraordinary.
Very likely originally prayer beads or Mala, they are very unusual because of quality, size, and material. We have seen heads carved from fruit pits and wood and even some very crudely done ones from various types of horn, but these are large pieces of amber and special care was given to the use of the natural coloration of the material. For instance, wherever possible, the carver used the dark spots as parts of beards or hair or even natural shading. Truly masterful!
Leave 'as is' or separate and use each bead as a focal point of your own, one-of-a-kind concoction!
When we bought these we originally thought the material was horn, but happily the beads turned out to be ancient amber. (We ran several of the tests for amber and we can say with a strong degree of certainty that they are ancient amber). Miniscule bugs can be seen inside the amber under very high magnification. We have no way of knowing when the carving was done but as you can see and as we said above, the carving is masterful.
It weighs approx. 236 gms. Approx. 26" long plus 2" for center buddha bead and white beads. This length allows it be put over the head and worn as a necklace without needing a separate clasp.
We were able to determine that these carved heads can be seen as the Buddhist equivalents of the Christian saints, apostles and early disciples and leaders of the faith. Sometimes referred to as 'arhat'
Of unusually fine carving, these beads are an extremely rare find in this great a quality amber. While we have listed these for sale, we are still researching them as we have been told the value could be considerably higher.
This item will ship via registered insured mail for safety, etc.
Please note that a 23 1/4" one with large spacer beads (therefore very small face beads) sold with the buyer's premium for $8,610.00 through Michaan's Auction house in June of 2014.
60 day layaway is available for this item.
Unique, Beautiful & Often Quirky - Always Searching for the Best - Especially Affordable Enamels
Over 2000 Items Sold! Many items now listed with 'Make an Offer'