Authentic Ptolemaic 2nd to 4th century AD hand wound and inlaid Eye Beads
Carried along important Islamic Trade Routes from Persia to Egypt into Sudan and The West African Kingdom of Mali.
These extremely fine examples come from Mali in West Africa where they are highly valued Heirloom Beads and Prestige Currency. A necklace of this length and quality would have been collected bead by bead over a period of years, sometimes decades.
Strand Length : Approx. 54"
Bead Size : 7 x 5mm to 16 x 13mm
This collection of extremely rare and valuable beads remains in the same configuration as it was purchased in Mali, West Africa years ago. The beads have been lovingly re-strung on a fresh cotton cord by our New York City staff.