Ancient Carnelians Graduated Mali RARE COOPER COLLECTION
These are excavated, and the surface is affected. These beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
From the collection of Austin Cooper, whose collection, built over 30 years, contained superb examples of ancient beads, Venetian and other European trade beads, Bodom, Akoso, and Kiffa beads, Jatim and other rare Asian beads. Austin had a superb eye, and Africa Direct is proud to be able to offer his beads, his legacy, many of which are of a quality rarely available today. This strand is not intended to be a ready-to-wear necklace. Although the strand can be worn "as is, " the raffia holding it together is not durable and may break with use.
For this reason, we recommend that you restring the beads before wearing them. Most of the beads found have been carnelian, quartz and jasper and there have been lesser quantity of glass beads found. The stone beads were imported to Africa from the Indus Valley.
The origins of the glass beads is still in dispute but many of the leading bead experts consider them to be of Early Islamic manufacture. To learn more about these wonderfully handmade ancient beads please see. The History of Beads (Dubin). A World of Necklaces(Leurquin). Please visit our About Us page. It is owned by Eliza and Sara, who began the company after spending a year wandering southern Africa in a camper van with their multi-racial family.
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Go to Africa Direct Store. The item "Ancient Carnelians Graduated Mali RARE COOPER COLLECTION" is in sale since Friday, June 25, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Beads\Pre-1400".
The seller is "africadirect" and is located in Denver, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Material: stone
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Mali
- Size: 4-11 mm in diameter