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11 Clay Terracotta Beads Fishing Weights Huge African

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Title 11 Clay Terracotta Beads Fishing Weights Huge Mali African
Type of Object Clay, Terracota
Made In Mali, Chad?
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Unknown--Ancient?
Overall Condition Fair to 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 Cavities, pitting, minor chips, and general wear.
Bead Size 33-42mm dia. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 36 inches (includes string/raffia)

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)