Japanese Netsuke - Buddhist Jewel of Wisdom Carved with Mountain Pavilions by Kaigyokusai (Masatsugu) (Japan, Osaka, 1813-09-13 - 1892-01-21) / Mid to late 19th century , Ivory with staining, sumi, inlays
Carved stone ball, Towie, Aberdeenshire, 3200–2500 BC. Nearly all have been found in north-east Scotland, the majority in Aberdeenshire, the fertile land lying to the east of the Grampian Mountains. A similar distribution to that of Pictish symbols led to the early suggestion that Carved Stone Balls are Pictish artefacts. No one really knows what they were for, but they are at least very pretty!
Neolithic Pictish Orb discovered in Northeast Scotland. What is intriguing about these stones is that nobody knows what they were used for or what they could possibly symbolize. There have only been 387 neolithic stone orbs found and they vary in their shapes and complexity of design.