Additional information: Wonderful ancient clay beads excavated in Mali, Africa. These are incredible and very large beads. The present beads were primary used as fish net weighs placed down fishing nets. They were made of buff-colored clay and worn by women as valuable jewelry and are said to have the charm to attract men.
A similar example is published in African Bead-Jewels of a Continent by Lois Sherr Dubin and Evelyn Simak with the contribution of Carl Dreibelbis, 2010, Africa Direct, p. 71.
For more information Read Durbin comments on clay beads on page 66
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"African Beads: Jewels of a Continent is the first book dedicated exclusively to African-made beads. In detailed chapters organized by material (bone and shell, wood and amber, stone, metal, and glass) authors Evelyn Simak and Carl Dreibelbis trace the historical journal of bead making in Africa. The text is prefaced with an introduction by bead expert Lois Sherr Dubin and accompanied by 163 color photographs. African Beads is a showcase for some of the rarest, most beautiful and most collectible beads in the world: the perfect coffee table book and a great gift for someone you love!"
(Hardcover with dust jacket, 216 pages)