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Aluminum Cube Trade Beads Ethiopian Africa

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Other Names Sandcast
Type of Object Aluminum
People Gabbra or Turkana?
Made In Ethiopia
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 Pits, dirt, dents and tarnishing.
Bead Size 5-7 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 26 inches (includes string/raffia)
Brand Unbranded
Style Beaded
Type Strand of Beads

The picture is an example. Yours will be similar. Bead shapes vary per strand, No two strands are identical!

Elegant lightweight aluminum beads are probably made by Ethiopia's Gabbra or Turkana people.

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.

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.