Prayer beads (mala). Nepal, 19th Century


Wood, brass and fibers prayer beads (mala). The mala (japa mala or mala signifying a garland) is a prayer bead used by Buddhist and Hindus. Composed normally of 108, 54, 27 or 21 beads but the number can vary according to the schools. Three symbolic pendeloques terminate with a bell (gantha) and two miniature vajras (do’rje) are inserted between beads. The mala is one of the essential accessories for the devoted. Its purpose is to count the number of mystical formulas (mantra) that are repeated several times. It is always held by the left hand during ritual and coiled around the wrist.

Nepal, 19th Century

Usable length: 40 cm (15-3/4 in.)

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  • Expertissim Reference: 2014030547