|Title||Ethiopian Prayer Beads Silver with Tassel Africa|
|Materials||Lightweight silver metal (unknown silver content), Tassel|
|Damage/Repair||dents, splits, and general wear|
|Object Size||8-9 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Necklace Length||minimum 30 inches (including string/raffia)|
Picture is an example, yours will be similar.
Additional information: Islamic prayer beads like this are manufactured by Ethiopian silversmiths and are called musbaha. These are commonly comprised of small hollow and lightweight beads, made from nickel alloy or so-called white metal with a copper wash finish and a yarn tassel attached to an elongated Imam or baluster bead.
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.