These Chinese carved olive nut lohan prayer beads form a set representing the 18 Chinese immortals and are used as prayer beads. Each bead has a unique face. They are carved from the pits of the Chinese black olive, which are naturally hollow and have a rich brown color with surface variations. Differing details from head to head include: mustaches; bushy eyebrows; a beard; teeth; hair at the back of the head; dotted forehead; earrings; round or high cheekbones; and incised lines at the crown of the head Each bead measures between 1" (25mm) to 1.25" (38mm) long by 0.5" (13mm) to 0.75" (19mm) wide and 0.5" (13mm) to 0.625" (16mm) deep. All of the Chinese carved olive nut lohan prayer beads are in good to very good condition. Two have minor surface cracks and all have minor wear around the holes where they were originally strung together.