Funny Face No. 9 Carved Bone Pendant Bead

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Nudge, nudge, wink, wink is what the strangely smirking character on these Funny Face No. 9 carved bone pendant beads seems to be saying.

The beads feature a male face reminiscent of the grotesque visages that are a common feature of Balinese art and architecture.

They are among a series of zany pendant or focal beads that I had crafted in Bali from bone, a strong and durable material that has been used to make all sorts of adornments from buttons to beads for thousands of years.

The hole is drilled left to right through the cap on top of the head in this design which is based on a brown bead of similar appearance that sold some time ago.

The beads are either one of a kind or made in very small runs like this one.

PayPal is my preferred method of payment if it it's possible and convenient for you.

You can see other Funny Face designs in my Beads and Pendants section here -

Size: Approx 54mm (L) x 17 mm (W)
Thickness: 6mm
Weight: 10 grams
Pieces per pack: 1
Colour: Off white
Material: Bovine bone (cow bone) sourced from the neighbouring Indonesian island of Java where where it is a bi-product of the meat industry.
Shipping: This item will ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail with a tracking number, and you will almost certainly need to sign for the package upon delivery. It will be shipped in a padded post pack to protect it and the cost of the pack is included in my shipping fee. Please see my shop policies for more details.

Bali is an island of paradoxes where balance is largely maintained between good and evil by the unending cycle of offerings that the Balinese make to their gods and demons.

And where there is incredible beauty in art and architecture, you'll also find the downright grotesque.

For much of 2006, I lived in a little house in the ricefields north of Ubud, Bali's art and culture capital. On the walls surrounding the house and in the stone walls of my fishpond there were a series of weird distorted faces.

But I wasn't repelled by them. On the contrary. I found them endearing.

Most mornings, I'd rise about dawn and go for a walk along my road, in full view of Gunung Agung, the island's most sacred mountain.

My main mission was to collect flowers, mostly red hibiscus, to put behind the ears of all those crazy characters who inhabited my little patch of paradise.

That's so they would continue to guard me from leyaks and other evil spirits that might want to venture over those walls.

I reckon they're the inspiration for this range of Funny Face beads.

The term for funny face in Bahasa Indonesia, the language of Indonesia, is 'muka lucu'. Muka = face. Lucu (pronounced loo-choo) = funny.

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." ~ Confucius

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