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Ethiopian Necklace Silver Heishi Beads Red Skunk African

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Product #: 89278
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Title Ethiopian Necklace Silver Heishi Beads Red Skunk African
Other Names Venetian beads
Materials silver metal (unknown metal content), glass
Made In Ethiopia
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Good.
Damage/Repair Tarnishing, dents, and general wear
People Ethiopian
Object Size 4-13 mm diameter beads. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter).
Necklace Length 24 inches (including string/raffia). 24 inches of beads


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.


As with many pieces of traditional Ethiopian jewelry, these small "telsum" pendants were worn as protective amulets. Specifically, triangular pendants were worn to guard against the evil eye and crescent-shaped pendants were worn to guard against the crescent moon. To learn more about these interesting pendants please see AFRICA ADORNED (Fisher).