Tibetan Hair Bead Ornament, Silver and Turquoise, 20.6 Grams, Length: 5.5cm (2 1/8″)
This is a late 19th century or early 20th century traditional high grade silver and turquoise cabochon bead hair ornament from Tibet, with a mixed metal backing plate.
The bead has very fine silver work and is in excellent condition.
This variegated blue and green turquoises is crisscrossed by a matrix of brown veins that ranges from hardly noticeable to very conspicuous, and from the physical state of this stone is probably from the last two or three centuries. This type of turquoise is still sought after by Tibetans.
Turquoise was used to ornament statues and reliquary chortens, housing Tibetan relics, or in Sanskrit as a stupa.
This bead is in the shape of conch shell. In Tibetan Buddhism it is one of a particular set of eight auspicious symbols. The turquoise is surrounded by a row of individually applied small lotus petal elements as well as on the extension caps, and rows of very fine silver beaded wire. There is a bitumen element in the bead for weight and to keep the turquoise stone in place.
This Tibetan Hair Bead is in very good condition.
As illustrated you can thread a wire or fine silver chain through the bead to wear as a necklace.
Tibetan Hair Bead Width: 2.5 cm (1 ")
Tibetan Hair Bead Height: 1.6.cm (5/8")
Weight: 20.6 grams 0.730 oz.)
Tested: High Grade Silver Front and mixed metal backing plate