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Worry beads

Plastic - Before 1986

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Worry beads from Greece

These worry beads are from Greece, where they are known as 'kombolói'. They consist of a string of brown plastic beads, with spare space allowing the beads to be moved around on the chain. Kombolói can be made of many different materials, including glass, amber, stone and coral.

Although kombolói beads look similar to rosaries or prayer beads, they have no religious significance. They usually have an odd number of beads which are moved around in a person's hand to help calm them and relieve anxiety. This string has twenty-three beads.

Museum object number REDMG : 2007.1328.1

length 240 mm  approx

See related topic: World Collection: Belief