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Antique African Trade Beads: Rare Banded Millefiori Mosaic Glass

Antique African Trade Beads: Rare Banded Millefiori Mosaic Glass

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Discover a beautiful matching pair of rare OLD round BANDED millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads, perfect for collectors and jewelry designers alike. These exquisite beads, originating from Venice and used in the African trade during the early 1900s, showcase the intricate artistry and craftsmanship of the millefiori technique.

  • Size: 13 mm x 10-11 mm
  • Condition: Excellent (see photos)

The millefiori technique, perfected in Venice, involves creating patterns with multiple layers of colored glass canes, which are then sliced to reveal intricate floral and geometric designs. These mosaic beads played a significant role in trade across Ghana and Africa, serving as both currency and cultural artifacts.

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