This is a wonderful 44mm Hand Carved Tubular Bone Bead with Squirrel. There is an openwork design composed of a crouching squirrel with a large bushy tail that arches over the back and a spiraling tangle of lined and knotted branches with striated leaves. Each end cap has a stylized flower with nine petals. The bead measures 1.75" (44mm) long by 0.875" (22mm) in diameter with a 0.0787" (2mm) hole. The pure white bone appears to be from a water buffalo. The bead was probably made in China within the last 30 years. This 44mm Hand Carved Tubular Bone Bead with Squirrel is in very good condition. There is a small crack at one end which appears to have occurred naturally and does not affect the integrity of the bead.