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Banded Kokutan Ebony & Tiger Eye Japanese Traditional Juzu Buddhist Prayer beads
Material : Banded Kokutan Ebony & Tiger Eye, Silk cord
Head bead : about 16mm
Main bead : about 14mm
Diameter : about 85mm (not stretch)
Ebony is a dense black/brown hardwood, most commonly yielded by several different species in the genus Diospyros, which also contains the persimmons. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. It is finely-textured and has a very smooth finish when polished, making it valuable as an ornamental wood.
Handmade in Kyoto, JAPAN
In Japan, Buddhists have Prayer beads (Juzu, Nenju). Kyoto is famous as a producing center of Prayer beads.
Prayer beads are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, breaths while meditating, counting prostrations, or the repetitions of a buddha's name. It is said that rosary will be a charm if you always wear it. It is given as a gift for various celebrations of life, wedding ceremony, engagement, marriage, admission, graduation, employment, birthday, etc.
This is a one-handed prayer beads. Since it is an abbreviated rosary, it can be used by any sect.