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Fish Vertebrae Bone Beads African 40 Inches

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Title Fish Vertebrae Bone Beads African 40 Inches
Other Names N/A
Type of Object Fish vertebrae
People N/A
Made In Africa
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.
Damage/Repair General wear.
Bead Size 3-5 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length Minimum 40 inches (includes string/raffia)

Photo is an example, yours will be similar. Size range will vary from strand to strand.

Additional information: 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.

Fish vertebrae are used as beads throughout West Africa, and by several groups in East Africa as well. They are often intermingled with expensive Venetian indication of the value given to these beads. These have been bleached and cleaned.