Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
Japanese boxwood ojime bead carving of a skull, finely detailed with realistic cranial fissures, charming missing teeth, pierced eye sockets and nasal cavity, with tiny handmade chisel marks visible under the jaw. The ojime is a cord fastening bead, used to secure an inro container to the wearer's obi or sash.

Edo period (1603-1868)

Dimensions: 1 1/2" x 1" x 1"
item #1396527