These two strands of prayer beads are said to have belonged to the last regent who ruled Tibet in the early twentieth century in the interim between the reigns of the Dalai Lamas. They evidently reflect the high status of the Tibetan aristocrat. Made of two different kinds of jade stone not easily obtained, nor native to Tibet, and embellished with golden endless knots and golden counters, these prayer beads show personal taste and reflect the traditional and cultural milieu in which such objects of religious use were created and keenly appreciated. The decorated wooden box is lined in red silk brocade and has two compartments. It comes with a traditional Tibetan lock used for the safekeeping of these treasures.