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  • Antique Venetian Glass African Trade Beads

    $165.00
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    This item consists of 33 Antique Venetian Glass African Trade Beads with a millefiori pattern.  (Millefiori, a combination of the Italian words for "mille" (thousand) and "fiori" (flowers), is a glasswork technique which creates a mosaic design using multicolored glass canes or rods.)  Venetian glass beads are some of the most rare and prized beads in the world, having been used as trade beads beginning in the 14th century.  The Millefiori has become nearly synonymous with the West Africa Trade.  They are often sold in strands with a mix of beads.  The strand being offered here has 29 beads in deep navy blue, yellow, white and terracotta; one bead in navy blue, yellow, white, green, red and terracotta; one bead in deep navy blue, yellow, white and deep brown; one bead in yellow, green, white and blue; and one bead in yellow, white, deep navy blue and terracotta.  The 36" strand has beads ranging in size from 0.875" (22mm) to 1.125" (28mm) in length by about 0.5" (13mm) in diameter with a 0.125" (3mm) hole.  Approximate age is 100 years.  These Antique Venetian Glass African Trade Beads are in good worn condition.  Some have end chips and one bead is cracked, which is not uncommon in these beads.