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

Historical period(s)
19th-20th century
Medium
Seeds of the "bodhi tree" native to eastern China; cotton cord, conch shell, coral, turquoise, and silver beads
Dimensions
Length x Diam: 50.8 × 1.8 cm (20 × 11/16 in)
Geography
Tibet
Credit Line
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2015.28.12.2
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Beads

Keywords
bodhi tree, Buddhism, prayer, tantra, Tibet
Provenance
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
SI Usage Statement

Usage Conditions Apply

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery welcome information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.

Related Objects