Art Glass African Trade Beads Long 26" Glass Necklace
$135.00 Strands of these beads were purchased when the Bead Museum went out of business here in Glendale and have sat since. One of the employees of the museum has strung them for me, making them into necklaces, so they can be worn and enjoyed by others. This necklace is 26" long!! Gablonz c.1930's. The combination of colors is amazing. Glass hand done chevron beads and Gablonz moulded glass beads are sensational,and 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 an example of 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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