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  • Old Ethiopian Telsum Prayer Box Beads

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    This item consists of 7 old Ethiopian telsum prayer box beads in two shapes, triangular and crescent, with simple dotted border designs.  These beads were worn as protective amulets with the triangular ones guarding against the evil eye and the crescent ones guarding against the crescent moon.  Telsum refers to a unique style of bead-making that is unique to Ethiopia.  Each bead measures about 19mm (0.75") wide by 13mm (0.5") high and has been made out of a silver tone metal (whose exact metal content is unknown).  All 7 prayer box beads are in good condition with some imperfections (such as pitting, small dents, tarnishing) due to age and wear.