Prayer beads (mala), from an assembled set of items used in Severance (Chöd) Practice

Historical period(s)
19th-20th century
Seeds of the "bodhi tree" native to eastern China; cotton cord, conch shell, coral, turquoise, and silver beads
Length x Diam: 50.8 × 1.8 cm (20 × 11/16 in)
Credit Line
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
Jewelry and Ornament


bodhi tree, Buddhism, prayer, tantra, Tibet
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Published References
  • Marylin M. Rhie, Robert A.F. Thurman. A Shrine for Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection. New York and London. VI-2c, 232-234.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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