These are carved Chinese Hediao nut beads. The art of fruit pit carving, also known as Hediao, has been practiced in China for centuries. This is a mid-20th century finely carved figural beads. It was hand carved with two figures on it, possible wisemen or immortals. One figure is holding a flower and the other a sickle or staff. These beads are used as prayer beads by Buddhists and all are strung together on silk. It takes an expert carver to make these rare beads.
- Old Stock
- Size: 1 inch - 12 x 25mm