Silver Prayer Bead Necklace with Offering Fruit

c. 1850
$280 USD
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W: 1.25" D: 0.75" H: 18.5"
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This charming necklace features a large Sino-Tibetan repoussé prayer bead shaped in the form of an offering fruit, likely a persimmon or citron. The fruit is surrounded by flowering foliage and stamped with a small eternal knot, a Buddhist symbol of the continuity of life. Dated to the 19th century, silver charms such as this were believed to protect the wearer from bad luck and malevolent spirits. The charm is affixed to a silver necklace chain strung with colorful beads carved from coral, turquoise, and bone.

From the collection of Frances and Gary Comer.

All jewelry sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Necklace lying flat measures 18.5"L.

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