|Title||Ethiopian Prayer Beads Copper Color Tassel Africa|
|Type of Object||Lightweight copper colored metal (unknown metal content), yarn|
|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||Dents, splits where halves of beads were joined and holes.|
|Bead Size||7-8 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Strand Length||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.