37 cm 14.57 inches (tassel included). 81.40 g 0.179 pounds. Beads in vintage Cherry Amber Bakelite Faturan. Free Wooden Gift Box for this item. Gift Box may not be identical to the photo.
Prayer beads - komboloi, also known as tasbih or masbaha, made of vintage (circa 1900) Faturan amber material. A unique piece in our collection, decorated with silver tassel, suitable for connoisseurs and Faturan collectors. Faturan, or faturan amber is an amberoid, namely a synthetic material imitating amber, invented in the late 1700's by the Egyptian chemist Faturan.The main reason for this invention, as with other materials imitating amber, was the scarcity, high price and fragility of the Arabic region amber (kahraman) , reasons that made difficult the use of amber for prayer beads. The exact composition of this material was and remains unknown, and the mystery surrounding it contributes to the legend created and to the appreciation of this material among collectors. It is believed that among the ingredients there are powdered kahraman, mastic resin, frankincense, turpentine, natural dyes, such as wine, and phenol resin, a component of bakelite. Faturan was a very common material for prayer and worry beads mainly in Egypt, Turkey and Greece. Its production stopped in 1940, due to World War II and the original formula has not been reproduced ever since. This is an authentic handmade piece, unique and provided directly from the artisan. As in all handmade products, there may be a slight variation in sizes and colors and this is what makes them unique and valuable. If you have ever been in Greece, you must have seen a komboloi and heard the sound of komboloi playing.
Beads dropping one at a time, tapping the bead below, create different rhythms that could be interpreted as a code for different moods. Beads of various materials, for various budgets in old or younger hands, for both men and women, worry beads carry with them a Mediterranean and an oriental scent. Beads have been used as spiritual instruments, helping in achieving calmness, self-control and entering meditation levels in many religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam among others. The so-called worry beads derive from these spiritual instruments that accompanied prayers.
With each prayer, with each mantra, a bead dropped, in a way that prayers could be counted. The origin of the Greek komboloi is ambiguous.Some believe that the komboloi are imitations of Turkish prayer bead strands, others that they derived from knotted prayer strands (komboskini) used by Greek Orthodox monks. Worry beads were firstly used by the rich and the wealthy, mainly by Pashas, Sultans and Maharajahs, as they represented wealth, power and prestige.
Soon, they became extremely popular among common people that used them for meditation and a way to spend their free time. As the years passed by, worry beads were not as popular as they used to be and were only used by religious people. Nowadays, worry beads are popular all over the world, and especially in Greece, bought by tourists and locals as well. Many people find them necessary for their every day lives as they offer solutions to their problems and at the same time pleasure. Worry beads may help people quit bad habits, such as smoking, nail biting and reduce nervousness and stress.
Worry beads can also be a jewel for both men and women, and a piece of art, when they are made of valuable materials and designed with high standards. They can also constitute a decorative element for the house, as well as a collection pieces, for they can be unique, precious and beautiful. They are a reflection of our personality, and a precious companion that has the fingerprints of our thoughts and of our soul stamped on it.
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We normally respond within 24 hours, taking into consideration the Time Zone. Greece is operating on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 2 hours (GMT+2) and (GMT+3) during daylight saving time.The item "PRAYER BEADS-KomboloiVINTAGE, Collectible Cherry Amber Bakelite FATURAN 81.40 g" is in sale since Sunday, April 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Islam\Prayer Beads". The seller is "culturetaste" and is located in Athens, Greece. This item can be shipped worldwide.