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Rare Antique African Trade Beads: Oval Millefiori Mosaic Beads

Rare Antique African Trade Beads: Oval Millefiori Mosaic Beads

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Discover the exquisite beauty of these five rare, antique oval millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads. These beads, crafted with remarkable artistry, are a testament to the timeless appeal of Venetian glasswork and their significant role in African trade during the early 1900s.

The beads are in excellent condition, as depicted in the photos, making them a valuable addition to any collection or jewelry design. Each bead boasts vibrant, intricate patterns typical of the millefiori technique, showcasing the mastery of Venetian artisans.

  • Size of the beads: 13 - 14 mm x 11 mm

Millefiori, meaning "a thousand flowers" in Italian, is a technique that involves creating glass canes or rods with multicolored patterns which are then sliced to reveal intricate designs. This traditional method has been perfected over centuries in Venice, renowned for its high-quality glass production.

Trade beads like these were highly prized in African cultures, especially in Ghana, where they were used as currency, symbols of wealth, and in ceremonial exchanges. Their journey from Venice to Africa reflects a rich history of global trade and cultural exchange.

Explore more of TribalGH’s exquisite collections of millefiori beads, old trade beads, and our archives:

Millefiori Beads Collection

Old Trade Beads Collection

Millefiori Beads Archives

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