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Pumtek Beads Round Flat and Cylinders Nepal 68 Inch

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Title Pumtek Beads Round Flat and Cylinders Nepal 68 Inch
Type of Object Unknown material, possibly fossil palm wood
Made In Nepal
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair chips, cracks and color variation, one broken bead.
Bead Size 6-18 mm wide. Please see picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 68 inches (includes string/raffia)


Contemporary beads made in Nepal in the style of ancient pumtek beads from Myanmar.

Additional information: Original pumtek beads were made in Burma (now Myanmar) from opalized palm wood. They are rare and valuable, having been made more than a thousand years ago. In the 1920s, the original beads were no longer being found at sites of ruins, and new ones began to be made from fossilized (not opalized) wood. These are from that later group.