|Title||Islamic "Hajj" Beads Pilgrims to Mecca Red African 28 Inch|
|Type of Object||Molded glass|
|Made In||Czech Republic|
|Traded In||Africa, Middle East|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Overall Condition||Good to poor. 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||General wear; some inscriptions are worn off, minor chips. Broken pendant beads|
|Bead Size||4-12 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19mm diameter).|
|Strand Length||28 inches (includes string/raffia)|
Picture is an example. Yours will be similar. Spacer beads will vary.
Hajj beads are worn by Muslims who have made the pilgrimage to Mecca. These are made from a gorgeous crimson glass.
Additional information: Arabic writing and symbols on gorgeous clear glass. These beads are made in the Czech Republic (former Czechoslovakia) especially for pilgrims to Mecca. Only those who have made the journey (the hajj) are entitled to wear them, but the beads sometimes find their way into traders' pouches and are sold to non-pilgrims.