Pendant carved of an olive stone, depicting a fantasy fictional character.
Olive pit size 28x18x19 mm.
Carving on fruit pits is a traditional kind of art in China. Since the 18-19th centuries, carving on apricot and peach stones were preserved, recently carving on olive pits (canarium species) became widespread in Asia.
Seeds of Canarium reach a size of 50-60 mm in length and 30 mm in diameter, with a wall thickness of 10-15 mm, an average pit size of 30-35 mm.
The bone of the seeds is hard, has a sufficient density for fine carving. In texture, the material is identical to organic bone (bones, teeth and tusks of animals), but it is lighter than ordinary bone.