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Krobo Beads Recycled Glass Disks Black Ghana Africa

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Product #: 123077
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Title Krobo Beads Recycled Glass Disks Black Ghana Africa
Other Names Annular
Type of Object Powder glass
Made In Ghana
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Good to fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Surface scratches and pits.
Bead Size 14-18 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19mm diameter).
Strand Length 27 inches (including string/raffia)


 


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.


In Ghana, Krobo artisans grind recycled glass (from old bottles, jars) to a fine powder.  The powder is formed in a kaolin-covered clay mold which uses a cassava leaf stem to make the center hole.  The beads are then fired in an oven and as the glass hardens, the cassava leaf burns up.  After they’re cooled, the beads are often decorated with dyes or paints before being washed, then strung thru the void left by the burned cassava.


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