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3 Strands Venice Trade Beads & Ethiopia Prayer Beads

Lot 0515
**Originally Listed At $125**

Europe, Venice (modern day Italy), found in western Africa, ca. 18th to early 19th century CE (trade beads) and Ethiopia, ca. 20th century CE (prayer beads). A strand of thirty-nine large, heavy, colorful glass millefiori cylinder beads (also known as mosaic glass). Two strands of approximately sixty round, hollow, silver aluminum prayer beads and one larger, trumpet shaped bead of the same material. Size of largest bead (millefiori): 0.5" W x 1.25" H (1.3 cm x 3.2 cm)

To make millefiori beads, artisans produce glass canes or rods, called murrine, by layering different-colored glass around a core. At this stage, their multicolored patterns are only visible from the cut ends of the cane. The rods are heated in a furnace and stretched until thin, then cut into beads. These beads have a grim history, as they were used by Europeans to trade for slaves in Africa.

Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired prior to 1970

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Prayer beads have patina on surface from age and handling. Small chips to glass on approximately one third of the trade beads. Modern stringing of both.

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3 Strands Venice Trade Beads & Ethiopia Prayer Beads

Estimate $200 - $300Apr 30, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA