This short strand of beads exemplifies the combination of aesthetic, medicinal, and symbolic attributes ascribed to prayer beads. Its pressed medicinal incense wrapped in kingfisher feathers would emit a faint fragrance when handled, as the warmth of the fingers would heat the incense. The kingfisher bird is a traditional Chinese symbol of well-being and longevity. The use of these beads would deliver these desired benefits to the body as well as the mind of their owner.