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Sacred Chank Shell Beads Tibet 30 Inch

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Title Sacred Chank Shell Beads Tibet 30 Inch
Type of Object Chank shell, insets (glass, stone or resin)
Made In Tibet or Nepal by Tibetan Refugees
Traded In Asia
Approximate Age Contemporary
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.  
Bead Size 14-19 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 30 inches (including string/raffia)

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Additional information: The chank shell, also called the Indian Conch is a large gastropod shell found along the coast of India and Pakistan. This shell is sometimes referred to as Sacred Chank because of its importance in both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The use of chank shell dates back 4000 years. The entire shell can be adorned with silver repoussee work and used as an altar piece. Other uses for chank shell are beads. These beads can be carved, cut into disk shapes, or long oblong shapes. Chank shell is also used in prayer beads and prayer wheels in Tibet.