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Granite Stone Beads Mali African Museum Collection

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Title Granite Stone Beads Mali African Museum Collection
Type of Object Granite
Made In Mali
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair Extensive pitting, surface scratches, and general wear
Bead Size 16-42mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 42 inches (includes string/raffia). 38 inches of beads.


Provenance: From a collection of African made beads and beadwork displayed at the South Dakota Art Museum in 2011. 


Description:  Although very similar in appearance, gneiss and granite are considered to be two different minerals. Most geologists define granite as an igneous rock that is composed of quartz and a variety of other minerals, such as feldspar, biotite, muscovite and hornblende. Although beads and pendants manufactured from granite are generally associated with the Dogon people of Mali, in fact both granite and gneiss were used interchangeably. Due to the source materials being so similar in appearance, it is often difficult to tell them apart. Granite beads are characterized by the presence of various hues of dark and light grays mixed with specks of off-white, pink or brick-red.


- Adapted from African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, by Evelyn Simak and Carl Dreibelbis