Vintage Chinese Hedaio carved fruit pit skull mala bead. B7-wo331(e)

Vintage Chinese Hedaio carved fruit pit skull mala bead. B7-wo331(e)

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The miniature folk art of fruit pit carving, also known as Hediao, has been practiced in China for centuries. These are mid-20th century elaborate finely carved figural beads depicting a human face on one side and a skull on the other. Life and death.. These were purchased in Hong Kong in the early 1970s. Carvings with this level of handwork are not being produced today. Each is individually hand carved and so vary slightly in size and detail. Average size is 22x12 mm.

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