Last year in late May and early June I went to Nepal for Saga Dawa on a Buddhist Pilgrimage. Along the way, I picked up a number of items. I have been posting items over the past year and will continue to do so.
This is a 108 bead Yak Bone skull carved mala with a Yak Bone Guru Bead. This a unique high quality item that does not come up very often. I picked this up from a Tibetan dealer at Swayambhunath Stupa (or more commonly know as "The Monkey Temple") in Kathmandu, Nepal. The skull beads are hand carved, distinctively detailed, and very unique with a darker bone-white to a light brown and tan coloring. They vary a bit in color, size, opacity, and form which only ads to their look and appeal. All 108 beads are carved into small human skulls from Yak Bone. What I love about this design is the flat-ish oval cylinder-like shape. Additionally, the carved skulls are simple yet eccentric. I do not see this style come around often.
I was very pleased to find these and to be able to offer them for your consideration. I wish this dealer had more to purchase. He only had two and I am making this last one available here. I was able to find a few different styles Yak Bone skull carved malas from other dealers and posted them. These beads are a bit longer than my other skull malas due to the shape and design. Keep this in mind and check the measurements below for the exact details. Excellent for Tantra Ceremony, wrathful mantra practice, or as a gift to you dharma teacher or friend.
The total length of the mala laid flat from the top to the bottom of the guru bead is about 32.00 inches or about 81.28cm. On average the skull beads are about 13mm to 15mm long, about 11mm to 12mm in width, and between 7mm to 10mm thick. This one is laced with a double strand of black nylon cord and has a sliding knot to adjust for the tension of the skull beads.
Perfect for Buddhist practitioners from many traditions.
Accurate, beautiful, and hand crafted, these Malas make the perfect gift, offering, or personal Dharma accessory to enhance and support your practice.
Hand picked by me in Kathmandu, Nepal while on a Buddhist Pilgrimage in 2022.
Shipping fee covers handling and packaging costs.
Thank you for your visit and consideration.