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Necklace
Title Necklace
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Anthropology
Object Type Anthropology
Main Material Bead
Manufacturing Technique Stringed
Country Tibet
Origin Place Tibet
Period / Year of Work 20th century CE
Dimensions Lt. 44.5 cms (Approx.)
Brief Description This is a stringed necklace made of Pema Raka (carnelian) beads. The word Pema Raka comes from the Sanskrit word "padma" meaning lotus and "rakta" meaning red or blood, translating to blood lotus or red lotus. These red-orangish beads are considered sacred and are believed to ward off illness and evil spirits, most often made into prayer malas (rosary).