18th-19th Century Dutch Hand Wound Cobalt Glass Bead Strand

  • 18th Century Dutch Hand Wound Cobalt Glass Beads from Mali
  • Used as High Level Trade Currency and Prestige Beads among Dogon and Fulani people in Mali.
  • These rare and "foreign" glass beads were highly valued trade commodities in Africa, and became the highest level Prestige and Dowry Currency throughout the Continent. The most rare and beautiful were often collected and worn by African Kings and their Royal Courts.
  • Length: 30"
  • Bead Size approx: 23 x 16mm
  • Strung on a cotton cord in the same configuration as it was found in Mali years ago.

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