Object biography by Frankcarlos Castro, view HERE.
Introduction: “The Prayer Wheel or mani ´khor lo (Sanskrit) is a common religious tool used by the Tibetan people. Some experts believe that the prayer wheels evolved from revolving octagonal Chinese bookcases dating back to 9th century. This assumption is supported by the existence of octagonal prayer wheels in Mongolia. This particular Prayer Wheel was crafted at the end of the 20th Century and primarily consists of an iron wheel and wooden handle. The common Tibetan prayer wheel has key features, such as; a handle, a wheel on top, and a small weight attached to the wheel by a string (This aids with turning the wheel with one hand). However, the form, size, and components of a prayer wheel has changed throughout history; even various modern prayer wheels vary between each other. Even this specific Prayer Wheel contains unique components added by its previous owner.”