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Krobo Recycled Powder Glass Beads Rings Ghana Africa

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Title Krobo Recycled Powder Glass Beads Rings Ghana Africa
Type of Object Powder glass
People Krobo
Made In Ghana
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 and chips.
Bead Size 11-13 mm diameter. Please see picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 22 inches (includes string/raffia).
Brand Unbranded

Picture is an example, yours will be similar.

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.

These great beads are made by the Krobo people of Ghana. Powder glass beads are made by crushing glass to a fine powder and heating it so that the particles fuse together. The glass is then poured into clay molds, with a cassava leaf stem used to make the hole. They are baked in an oven and the glass fuses and the cassava stem burns up. This technique has been used in Africa for centuries.