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Serpentine Stone Beads "Amazonite" African Museum Collection

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Title Serpentine Stone Beads African Museum Collection
Type of Object Serpentine stone
Made In Zimbabwe
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Mid 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 Some scratching, and general wear.
Bead Size 20-72 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 42 inches (includes string/raffia)

Provenance: From a collection of African made beads and beadwork displayed at the South Dakota Art Museum in 2011.  These are not amazonite, but are frequently misattributed.

Additional Information:  Serpentine (also called greenstone) beads are usually similar in shape to amazonite beads and can be found combined with amazonite beads in traders’ strands. Serpentine is a uniformly dark green or greenish yellow stone. In an African context, it is most commonly associated with the stone sculpture movement in Zimbabwe, where it is used to fashion the figures of animals and humans along with whimsical abstract forms.

- Adapted from African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, by Evelyn Simak and Carl Dreibelbis