19th Century Gold Mounted Rudraksha Seed Pencil

UNMARKED c1880
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A late 19th century gold mounted novelty telescopic Propelling Pencil formed from a Rudraksha Seed with attached suspension ring.

Unmarked c1880.

Open 58 mm
Closed 32 mm

£295.00

Condition
In good condition with no damage or repair and in full working order
Country
England
Stock Code
TRS301118.479
Medium
Gold
Literature
Elaeocarpus ganitrus, is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree whose seed is traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism and Buddhism. The seeds are known as rudraksha, or rudraksh. Rudraksha may be produced by several species of Elaeocarpus; however, E. ganitrus is the principal species used in the making of organic jewellery or mala.

Rudraksha is a seed traditionally used as prayer beads in Hinduism (especially Shaivism). Rudraksha beads are covered by an outer shell of blue colour on fully ripening, hence also called blueberry beads. The seed is produced by several species of large evergreen broad-leaved tree in the genus Elaeocarpus, with Elaeocarpus ganitrus roxb being the principal specie. They are associated with the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and are commonly worn for protection and chanting Om Namah Shivaya mantra by devotees. The seeds are primarily used in India and Nepal as beads for organic jewellery and malas and are valued similarly to semi-precious stones. Various meanings and potencies are attributed to beads with different numbers of segments (faces/mukh) and rare or unique beads are highly prized and valuable.