Art Glass African Hand Made Trade Beads Long 28" Glass Shell Cross Necklace
$45.00 These beads were purchased when the Bead Museum went out of business here in Glendale. This necklace is 28" long!! The combination of colors is amazing. The cross is 4-1/2" long and 3-1/2" across. The beads are sewn onto a black piece of cloth. Glass hand blown African beads are sensational, the colors are Dynamic! A great example across the board.
From as early 2200 B.C. with the Egyptians, beads of all sizes, shapes and colors have been used for adornment in jewelry, clothing and ceremonies. They were used as a currency to exchange for goods, services and slaves. They are still sometimes referred to as 'slave beads'. The beads were produced throughout Europe although the Venetians dominated production with a wonderful variety of glass beads like the millefiori. The last picture is of the back cover of a current fashion magazine showing these necklaces. Runway worthy and ready to wear. Age appropriate condition.
These beads are part of the ancient and enduring trade in beads that spans more than two millennia and once stretched from the Middle East to East Asia and affected areas as far apart as West Africa and the American Pacific coast. Beads are universal and among the earliest art forms. Beads were ubiquitous in the ancient world serving as decoration, magical charms and powers, mnemonic and counting devices and symbols of wealth and status.
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