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Ethiopian Prayer Beads Silver with Tassel Africa

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Title Ethiopian Prayer Beads Silver with Tassel Africa
Materials Lightweight silver metal (unknown silver content), Tassel
Made In Ethiopa
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 20th Century
Overall Condition Fair . Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair dents, splits
Object Size 7-15 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Necklace Length 33 inches (including string/raffia)
Pendant Size 5.5 inches

Additional information:   Islamic prayer beads like this are manufactured by Ethiopian silversmiths and are called musbaha.  These are commonly comprised of small hollow and lightweight beads, made from nickel alloy or so-called white metal with a copper wash finish and a yarn tassel attached to an elongated Imam or baluster bead.

For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.