According to traditional Chinese legend, ages ago Buddha summoned all the animals and honored the 12 who came by naming a year for them; each animal in turn gave its characteristics to people born in its year. It measures 3/4″ to 1″ high and is new and unused pewter material and comes on a black woven 34″ long adjustable cord. Each pendant comes with a Chinese zodiac card with descriptions of each sign. The ox is for years 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009. The ox is a natural born leader; you are conservative and methodical. You must guard against being chauvinistic. This item has been stored in a pet and smoke free environment.