Ojime bead depicting a forest deity Leshiy. Carved of mammoth ivory with a titanium tube.
Fits most types of bracelets (Trollbeads, Pandora, etc.)
The Leshy is a tutelary deity of the forests in Slavic mythology. As the spirit rules over the forest and hunting, he may be related to the Slavic god Porewit.
There is also a deity, named Svyatibor (Svyatobor, Svyatibog), who is mentioned in the beliefs of the Eastern and Western Slavs as the god of forests and the lord of the leshies. His functions were identical to Veles.
The Leshy is masculine and humanoid in shape, is able to assume any likeness and can change in size and height. He is sometimes portrayed with horns and surrounded by packs of wolves and bears. He is known by some to have a propensity to lead travelers astray and abduct children, (which he shares with Chort, the "Black One") which would lead some to believe he is an evil entity. He is however also known to have a more neutral disposition towards humans, dependent on the attitudes and behaviours of an individual person, or local population, towards the forest. Some would therefore describe him as more of a temperamental being like a fairy.
Ojime (jap. lit. "cord fastener") are a type of bead which originated in Japan. They were worn between the inrō and netsuke and are typically under an inch in length. Each is carved into a particular shape and image, similar to the netsuke, though smaller.