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Ethiopian Prayer Beads Copper Color with Tassel Africa

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Title Ethiopian Prayer Beads Copper Color with Tassel Africa
Materials Lightweight metal (unknown metal content), yarn
Made In Ethiopa
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Contemporary
Overall Condition Good to fair. 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
Object Size 8-9 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Necklace Length 26 inches (including string/raffia)
Pendant Size 4.5-5 inches
Brand Unbranded
Style Beaded
Type Necklace

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.