Hand-carved boxwood skeleton bead inspired by the antique Japanese Ojime skeleton beads. Ojime beads are the sliding beads on the cord of the Inro Box. Geishas carried an Inro Box to hold their money and personal necessities. An Ojime bead is a Japanese bead or geisha bead that was used with an inro box and a netsuke bead.
This Ojime bead was carved by a contemporary Chinese Master-Carver (not a child), who took up to as long as four hours to make it. This hand carved bead is 3/4 inch wide and 1 inch high and vertically-drilled. This is an unbelievable value for such craftsmanship.