|Title||4 Painted Clay Beads Chevron Imitations Cameroon Africa Loose|
|Type of Object||painted clay beads|
|Made In||East Africa|
|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||worn paint and chips; some pitting|
|Bead Size||23-25 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter).|
Picture is an example, yours will be similar.
These clay beads have been painted to look like Venetian Chevrons. Before imported glass beads became available in any quantity, jewelry was made from other materials such as wood, nuts and seeds, stone, iron and clay.
For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, $69.95 from Africa Direct.
From African Beads: Jewels of a Continent: