Vintage Black Bakelite Prayer Beads or Misbaha
This is an old string of Islamic prayer beads composed of 33 black barrel-shaped Bakelite beads inlaid with metal nails. There are two small spacers and the end elongated bead known as the Imam. Islamic prayer beads are normally 33 or 99 because they are used to recite the 99 names of God. The beads test positive with simichrome for Bakelite.
In good vintage condition. A few beads have one or two nails missing. The beads are strung on silk or cotton braided thread that is quite strong that ends in an orange glass bead. For restringing.
- Length of beads only 26 cm (10")
- Size of beads 12 x 8 mm
- Weight is 28 grams