|Title||Pumtek Beads Round Flat and Cylinders Nepal 32 Inch|
|Type of Object||Unknown material, possibly fossil palm wood|
|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||Some beads are faded with wear, minor chips|
|Bead Size||9-21 mm wide. Please see picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Strand Length||31 inches (includes string/raffia)|
Picture is an example. Yours is similar.
This strand is not intended to be a ready-to-wear necklace. Although the strand can be worn "as is," the raffia holding it together is not durable and may break with use. For this reason, we recommend that you restring the beads before wearing them.
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.