**Originally Listed At $100**
Europe, Venice (present day Italy), found in western Africa, ca. 18th to early 19th century CE. Three strands of glass trade beads: 23 millefiori beads of varied patterns; 109 blue cylindrical beads; and 110 of the same style of blue cylindrical beads. 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 somber history, as both styles were used by Europeans to trade for slaves in Africa. Average size of larger millefiori bead: 0.5" L (1.3 cm)
Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired prior to 1970
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