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Yoruba Brass Bells Pendants Beads Nigeria Africa 24 Inch

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Title Yoruba Brass Bells Pendants Beads Nigeria Africa 24 Inch
Other Names spiral brass
Type of Object brass (unknown metal content), plastic beads.
People Yoruba
Made In Nigeria
Approximate Age Mid to late 20th century
Overall Condition Good.   Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Dented, casting flaws.
Bead Size Bells 0.5-0.75 inches
Strand Length 24 inches (including string/raffia)

Picture is an example, yours will be very similar.  Plastic beads and cloth string, colors will vary.

Additional information: 

For ages, brass and gold African beads have been made using the “lost wax method.” First a model of the object is made from beeswax, then dipped repeatedly in a solution of fine ash or charcoal powder mixed with water. This forms a mold, or “crucible,” which is allowed to dry and harden. In the case of beads with fine strings in their design, a syringe is used to produce the long, thin wax pieces which are then wrapped around charcoal to leave a hole during the heating process. As the molds harden,  channels are left in them  to enable the wax to drain out during the heating process which takes place in a kiln. As the wax melts and is “lost”, molten brass or gold is poured into the mold to form the bead or ornament. When the metal has cooled, the molds are broken open and cleared away and the new art object is thoroughly cleaned and shined before it is presented to the world. In some cases the final product is gilded for an especially rich finish.

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.