Large old Tibetan or Nepal stamped solid brass-capped carnelian bead. 51x21mm. 1 pc. B4-car346

Old Tibet Nepal stamped solid brass capped carnelian bead. 51mm.


Item #: b4-car346
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Old Tibetan or Nepali stamped solid brass capped carnelian bead. Natural old weathered carnelian beads set more recently in stamped solid brass caps by artisans in Nepal. This is an older bead, purchased in Nepal in the 1970s, and shows a slight bit of wear. they have far more character than the new beads being made today. Measures 51x21mm. 21.8 grams. Holes in the stone are hand drilled. They are too far recessed to measure but look to be around 2mm. sold individually.

The Tibetans sometimes applied gold or silver caps to the ends of valuable ancient stone beads such as etched carnelians, dZi and banded agates to conceal damage or reinforce fragile beads. This style has been copied in some vintage and contemporary silver-capped beads from Nepal.

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