This rare antique Shaman Birthing Mala comes from the Magar people who live in the foothills of Eastern Nepal. The carved wooden centrepiece measures approximately 15 x 8 cm (6 x 3 inches) and features a birthing figure and child, a monkey, and flowers of life. The back is plain.
The necklace is composed of an unusual double string of sacred 5-sided Rudraksha seeds (representing Shiva in his form as teacher) separated by green and red glass beads, intersperced with lead beads and 6 protective Yak teeth.
This Mala probably dates from the 1800s and is in excellent museum quality condition. It weighs 352 grams (12 ½ oz) and its closed length is approximately 50cm (20 inches).
A very rare and highly collectable antique Shaman Birthing Mala!