The Tjokorda Carved Bone Bead 27mm

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The Tjokorda is named for Balinese royalty because I felt it reflected the regal nature of this ornately carved bone bead.

This listing is for one piece only. It was crafted exclusively for Indounik in Bali where you can still find royalty living in palaces today.

These days the kings and their consorts are more likely to be referred to as Cokorda (pronounced chokorda) but I used the spelling that was in vogue during Dutch colonial times.

I had this bead made with hair sticks in mind but it could also be used for shawl pins, earrings, a pendant, and even a small handle on the lid of a decorative wooden box, for example.

One of the features of it is patra (pattern) punggel, a traditional Balinese motif. It's the peaked feature in the upper central part of the bead.

Worn against the skin over time, the bone will absorb the natural oils from your body and turn a golden colour.

Crafting beautiful decorative pieces from natural materials such as bone, shell and horn is a time-honoured tradition in Bali, home of Indonesia's best carvers.

Please note that this listing is for one piece only.

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Size: Approx 27mm x 17mm - 1 1/8 in x 11/16ths in
Thickness: Approx 8mm
Weight: Approx 3 grams
Pieces per pack: 1
Colour: White or ivory (putih)
Material: Bovine bone - cow bone - drilled straight through with a 1.5mm hole. The bone used in Indounik products is from cattle. It's sourced from the neighbouring Indonesian island of Java where it's a bi-product of the meat industry.
Shipping: This item will ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail with a tracking number, and you will almost certainly need to sign for it upon delivery. It will be well packaged to protect it and the cost of the pack is included in the shipping fee. It will ship from Bali, Indonesia, via Pos Indonesia registered air mail with a tracking number.

Ubud Palace, or the Puri Saren Ubud, is located in the heart of Ubud, Bali's art and culture capital, and is well worth a visit.

Built in the 16th century, the palace is today occupied by members of Ubud's royal family who can trace their ancestry back to ancient East Javanese kings from the Hindu Majapahit empire.

Last century, during Dutch colonial rule, Bali's kingdoms were reduced to regencies.

Hindu Bali inherited the caste system of Indian but it is a much simplified version and thankfully does not include the "untouchables".

In the highest caste are the Brahmans - the priests and teachers; then come the Satrias -the warriors and kings and it is the latter who carry the title Cokorda; the Wesias - the merchants - come next; and finally, there are the Sudras - the labourers and craftsmen who make up about 93 per cent of the native born population of Bali.

For an insight into the lives of modern-day Balinese royals, read this feature article from The Australian newspaper -

"If due to the touch of the breezes that have touched my body I am bringing some happiness to the residents here, then I will stay in this place. This is heaven for me." ~ Raja Janaka, father of Rama's wife Sita, on passing by the gates of hell and finding that his presence brought relief to the sinners there.

Average review
I am delighted! Super fine work!!! Its looks even better than on photos!!
Mar 12, 2018 by Ekaterina Savchuk
Dec 9, 2017 by TsukiRaito
Wonderful work! Great communications with shop owner. Will be back for more soon!
Apr 13, 2017 by Sherri
I LOVE THIS BEAD!!!!! It is beautiful, very detailed. It was worth the wait!!!!!! And thank you for the extra bead!!!!!! Will order from you again
Nov 7, 2016 by thebullcity
May 15, 2016 by ines winter

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