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DIA20mm, China

This is an buffalo bone bead for the buddhist rosary, Mala.  The Mala is used for counting the number of times a mantra has been recited.  Bone beads (because of its material departing from the idea of Chinese Buddhism) is not commonly used for the Chinese buddhist rosary.  In Tibetan Buddhism, however, the use the nature bones and horns are a reminder of the impermanence of our bodies and that we are, like everything else just a passing phenomenon.

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DIA 150mm, China

The buddhist rosary, Mala, is used for counting the number of times the Mantra is recited.  This is a 21 bead waist mala, if you count the numbers there are actually 22 beads, the additional larger coral bead in the center is known as the Guru bead, it symbolizes the Guru from whom one has received the mantra being recited.  Within the 21 beads there are 3 marker beads.  The main beads are made of blue sand gemstone,  while the Guru and separator beads in coral.