19th Century Venetian Blue Rose Floral Bead Strand
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- These extravagantly beautiful beads with startlingly finely detailed Roses and Leaves inlaid into a vivid deep blue base bead were created in the mid 19th in Venice and brought to Mali, West Africa as Trade Beads. They became treasured high level Prestige Bead Currency and Dowry Wealth.
- Originally created in Venice and Murano Italy, a torch or high intensity flame glass lamp was used to melt glass canes or rods. Once in a molten state, the glass bead was formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. Often a winding technique can be seen in the body of the glass bead. Intricate patterns, (especially favored were floral motifs), were created by melting or inlaying other colored canes of glass into the base bead.
- 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 : Approx. 22.5", beaded length 19.5" (39 beads)
- Bead Size Approx. 15 x 13mm
- The condition of the beads on this strand is superb and remain in the original configuration as they were found in Mali, West Africa years ago.