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Aja Yellow Jacket Venetian Trade Beads Slices Africa 29 Inch

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Title Aja Yellow Jacket Venetian Trade Beads Slices Africa 29 Inch
Other Names Slices.
Type of Object Drawn glass
Made In Venice
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.
Bead Size 5 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison. U.S. penny is 19mm in diameter.
Strand Length 29 inches (including string/raffia)

Additional information:  "Aja" beads were made in Venice (and sometimes altered in Africa) in the early 1900s. These were made from drawn tubes of glass which were then cooled and cut into small slices. Once cut, the slices of drawn cane were then exposed to heat until the glass softened (slumped), the beads flattened somewhat, and their hard cut edges also softened and rounded. There seems to be no Venetian sample cards showing these slumped slices as ever being sold from Venice although the cane they were made of certainly was. Based on this, some experts speculate the slumping process was done in Africa while others think this process was done in Venice when the beads were made. (Few of the original Venetian Bead Makers sample cards still exist today) These beads have a range of sizes, colors and canes. Some of the most spectacular "Aja" beads were made from rosetta (chevron) cane. The 4-layer "yellow jacket" slices are beautiful! I have also seen some unbelievable pink and white striped ones. "Aja" is an African word which means something like dog or fish. These beads are sometimes called "Eja". Beautiful and somewhat unusual, a person could build a whole collection just of these wonderful beads.