RESERVED FOR HS / MAY 2020
String of Antique Tibetan Coral
Superb beads with naturally formed irregularities.
Said to be mountain coral from the Himalayas that is considered auspicious and is worn by almost all the women of Tibet.
Glossy beads that have been smoothened as they were worn by the original owner and then her daughter and then hers ... and so on until it got sold to me about a decade ago
Beads are in varying sizes.
Strung on a temporary string - will need proper restringing.
Acquired in Tibet
Largest bead is 1.5 cm height with a diameter of 2cm.
Neckdrop is 37cm approximately and total length is 74cm.
"In 1818, Moorcroft noted that at an earlier date "beads of red coral were exported from Hindostan into Chinese Tartary at an immense profit"'4). Later, Atkinson
noted a brisk trade in pearls and coral bands, and in 1897 at least
it was noted that this coral had come from so far away as Italy." - Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Dynamics of Indo-Tibetan Trade through Uttarakha Joshi et al 1987
Estimated to be from the 1800s
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.