Artisan Bead #1...Hand carved bone Koi Fish Bead from my collection. I have been collecting beads for 50 years, since my 20's. I can't remember when I actually bought these beads but they have been in storage for 30 years. Some of the bone beads I have are designs that are still made today and some are old designs that have been retired. I'm not sure if these are still out there but it is a lovely bead and is nicely done. They were hand carved in China. The hole runs from the mouth down through the body to the split in the tail.
The bead measures approx. 1 1/4" long X just over 3/4" wide X 5/16" thick.