This exotic carved boxwood bead (approx. 20 mm.) was made in the tradition of Japanese Ojime beads of the 16th century. (See previous blog post and comments for more fascinating info on Ojime beads.) In Japan, the skull is a positive representation of the natural life cycle. It may also represent change, which makes sense, as death is the greatest change one can experience. For our friends & followers only, use Coupon Code 14123 for 20% off this cool bead, and anything else in the shop!