This Chinese Carved Olive Nut Lohan Prayer Bead 2 is from a set representing the original 18 followers of Gautama Buddha (Lohan), who followed the Noble Eightfold Path, broke free of the Wheel of Incarnation, and achieved Immortality. Each prayer bead has a unique face and head. These beads are carved from pits of the Chinese black olive, which are naturally hollow and have a rich brown color with surface variations. The art of fruit pit carving, also known as hediao, has been practiced in China for centuries. This bead, measuring 1.25" high by 0.6875" wide by 0.625" deep, shows a follower with a long oval face; piercing eyes with arched busy eyebrows; a long, thin, nose which flares at the base; curled mustache and beard; open mouth; long ears, each with a hoop earring; and a bald crown with long hair at the back. A 0.125" hole has been drilled vertically. Maker and exact age are unknown. This Chinese Carved Olive Nut Lohan Prayer Bead 2 is in Very Good condition with no damage or wear.