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Europe, Venice (modern day Italy), found in western Africa, ca. 18th century CE. A beautiful necklace comprised of fifty-one millefiori glass beads. Most have yellow as their base color, with a couple having a bright red and white base color. The millefiori technique uses multicolored glass rods cut into cross sections to create their distinctive patterns. Trade beads played a major role in the age of European exploration and colonization, serving as currency on multiple continents. Strung in modern times, this is a wonderful and wearable example of trade throughout the modern world! Size: 12" L (30.5 cm).

Provenance: private Tacoma, Washington, USA collection

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Strung in modern times and wearable as shown. Age-commensurate surface wear, with small chips and nicks to some beads. Light fading to coloration on some beads, otherwise very good.

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18th C. African Venetian Glass Trade Bead Necklace

Estimate $350 - $500Apr 30, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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