Vintage Tibetan repousse silver capped simulated sap, resin bead. 37.8x33.8mm,Nepal, 1970s. 1 pc. b4-amb138

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b4-amb138
Vintage Tibet Nepal transparent simulated amber resin round bead with handmade repousse silver caps .  This bead was acquired in the 1970s in Nepal and is stunning and  well made.  Age uncertain. 37.8x33.8mm.   31.5 grams. A stunning focal bead.
        The Tibetans sometimes applied brass 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 capped beads from Nepal.