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Yoruba Pendants Brass Bells Nigeria Africa

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Title Yoruba Pendants Brass Bells Nigeria Africa
Materials Brass (unknown metal content), molded glass
Made In Nigeria
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Overall Condition Poor to fair.
Damage/Repair Tarnishing, dents, holes, oxidation; see pictures for details.
Pendant Size 1.25-2 inches long each. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 25 inches (includes string/raffia)

Additional Information:  Brass bells beads/pendants which have been worn, weathered, and beaten down by age.  They  were cast using the lost wax technique. Brass bells of this shape with such designs were found among the Yoruba  people  from Nigeria and among the Akan people of Ghana and Ivory Coast.These beads are incorporated in a necklace as individual brass beads. They can also be worn as pendants. 

See a necklace with similar ring-shaped bell beads in our comprehensive guide to African-made beads,African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, p. 109