This is a Large African Baule Brass Bead with Elephant Design. Baule (or Boule) beads were originally found in West African countries such as the Ivory Coast. They were a part of a family tradition of bead making with tools and techniques passed down from generation to generation, including the hand cast lost wax method. This bead has a 2.875" (73mm) striated circle with braided border and an abstract elephant in profile applied over a 3.375" (86mm) striated tube with an approximately 0.125" (3mm) hole. The bead has a beautiful dark patina, which may have been created naturally over time. Maker and exact age are unknown. This Large African Baule Brass Bead with Elephant Design is in Very Good condition with no damage or wear. It has natural imperfections created in the casting process.