This intricately carved strand of 108 beads with additional 3 coral separator beads and a guru bead represents the typical full string of Chinese prayer beads. The symbolic significance of 108 is usually explained in Buddhist terms as purifying the 108 afflictions. The traditional division of the beads into 4 groups of 27 by the larger separator beads serves the practical purpose of allowing the practitioner to find his or her place if interrupted during the lengthy turn over of the whole strand. The size and texture of pits of fruit such as peaches are well suited for carving and are widely used for making prayer beads.