|Title||Yoruba Beads Mock Coral Africa Huge 38 Inch|
|Type of Object||Powder glass|
|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||Pitting and chips in some beads, dirt|
|Bead Size||20-33 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter).|
|Strand Length||38 inches (includes string/raffia)|
This strand is not intended to be a ready-to-wear necklace. Although the strand can be worn "as is," the raffia holding it together is not durable and may break with use. For this reason, we recommend that you restring the beads before wearing them.
Additional information: Coral, especially red Mediterranean coral, was highly valued in West Africa. Since genuine coral was difficult to acquire, and expensive, many coral imitations were produced. These handsome glass beads from Nigeria are one example.
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.