Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors
  • Carved Boxwood Ojime Bead of a Flying Bat

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    This unusual Carved Boxwood Ojime Bead of a Flying Bat was inspired by an antique Japanese sliding bead, which was worn on the cord of an inro box suspended from a waist sash.  This bead was hand carved by a contemporary Chinese Master-Carver.  The bead shows a bat with outstretched wings and a shell-like object with bowed cord and sash in its mouth.  The face has distinctive inset round black eyes, simple snout, and large ears pinned back on the head, which adds to the feeling of flight.  The wings have double line details with a spiral at the end of each.  There is a wonderful symmetry to the design with the bat measuring 0.375" (9.5mm) high (at the head) by 3.125" wide (79mm) (from shell to wing tip) by 1.75"  (44.5mm) deep.  The back is flat with two holes (below the ears) for the cord.  The carver has signed his name on the underside of the base.  The translation of his name is unknown.  This Carved Boxwood Ojime Bead of a Flying Bat is in Like New condition.  It was purchased from the original owner who never used or wore it.