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 rat is for years 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008. The rat is said to be honest generous and have a sense of fair play. You must guard against being too aggressive. This item has been stored in a pet and smoke free environment.