One seller calls similar items Wollo, northern Ethiopia. Many complex, individual sytles of brass beads exist. Large “broken back” cowries strung on leather strip. These are recently cut by a bead-maker from valuable old canes acquired in the ‘s or earlier from the liquidated stock of a Murano firm. Closing out last of a stock imported in ss, when these simple beads still had the wound character. Supplier calls them Igbo Nigeria dancing bells.
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Supplier says found in Darfur Sudan but another says made in Yemen called “rail bead”? The donut beads are thinner eyrs larger than the usual sort, often snake eyes 653d multiple ridges. OK to mix all for quantity discounts: Crows eye, Eye bead.
Supplier says found in Ethiopia but could be 65d3 Snake eyes 653d. Clear, Pink, Brown, Gold, Green. Discount for any mixture of varieties: Some wear but no major chips. Supplier calls them Monkey-head Millefiori. Ttraded to Yemen, mostly mm on a side, rounded corners. Ancient bead making website with great photos. An older type imitating Islamic style beads?
Old African Trade Beads Retail / Wholesale
Small pink beads favored by the Massai of Kenya. A puzzler as to material, likely polystyrene or acrylic. Range mm wide x mm long, very wide natural holes Singles: Strands of either y Classic yellow, or r Reddish-brown.
I love the look, but want to stock only older beads, so offering snake eyes 653d at cost. Chalky white with fluted edges and stipple snake eyes 653d, fossilized sand dollar drilled as bead. French Cross pattern on a larger barrel bead rather than the usual ellipse.
After years off the market, they are showing up again. Small square beads, about 5x6mm with interesting shading sake. Associated with the slave trade to St. European glass imitations of stone beads are here also. Quiggin Survey of Primitive Money and others reference them as money. From different sources, but they belong together. Fenstermaker picturing beads found at Amerind burial sites.
Each one quite different.
Newly-made beads in various styles. Classic turquoise color padre, but all beads well under 5mm width. Today the Masai and related tribes still value and modify by filing the more modern Czech glass copies. Snake eyes 653d annular beads with pleasing luminous colors. A later type, probably Bohemian, associated with 17th Century North American sites, is unlayered and dark blue. A rarely seen type. Rarely found on the market. Small imperfections or filed down. Prices are per bead; you may mix types to get the best quantity price.
Note size snake eyes 653d to penny.
Round version of the bead with fancy trailed floral design, mostly 11x12mm, all in excellent condition. Last of a large lot: I do stock a very few modern postsnake eyes 653d todayor 2nd-gen new from old cane types, snake eyes 653d say so in the description. They appear dark brown but when held to the light most have a light-green stripe in the center.
Not as uniform as they look.
These are a later, less valuable version of the true chevron “Manhattan” beads. Mould-made disks, various shades of green, patterning, and inclusion snake eyes 653d other colors. Under 15mm L or W. Africa is a major source of metal beads, as metals are thought to have spiritual powers and blacksmiths enjoyed an elevated status.
I don’t usually sell reproductions, but these are a legitimate local craft AND though pretty, they would not fool a collector. Age unknown, but not recent.