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Aluminum Cube Trade Beads Ethiopian Africa

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Title Aluminum Cube Trade Beads Ethiopian Africa
Type of Object Aluminum
People Gabbra or Turkana?
Made In Ethiopia
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Fair to 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 Wear and tarnishing.
Bead Size See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 28 inches (includes string/raffia)
Brand Unbranded
Style Beaded
Type Necklace

Picture is an example. Yours will be similar. You are buying ONE strand. No two strands are identical!

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

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.