GIANT Antique Buddhist (Nan Hong) Pema Raka Bead, China-Tibet, Carnelian
An unusual GIANT Pema Raka (Nan Hong) carnelian bead, coming from China-Tibet, known in Hymalaya and Mongolia, 18th century or before. The weathering and the wear signs around the holes suggest a very old age and a continuous use.
Very good condition for the age, excellent patina and some nicks and dig marks due to the use as component of medicine.
“Pema Raka” is the Tibetan name and originates from the sanskrit words “Padma” (meaning Lotus flower) and “Rakta” (meaning red or blood), so the translation sounds like “blood lotus” or “red lotus”. Nan Hong means “red from south” in chinese.
These beads range from orange to deep red in colour, depending on iron’s inclusions in chalcedony. They might also display crystalline banding, like this one, presenting a fantastic white pattern.
In Tibetan medicine they are supposed to protect to evil.
Size: length: 81mm.