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Antique Banded Oval Millefiori African Trade Beads - 17mm

Antique Banded Oval Millefiori African Trade Beads - 17mm

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Introducing a set of four old beautiful banded oval millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads. These exquisite beads, made in Venice, are perfect for collectors and enthusiasts of antique African trade beads.

  • Size: 17 mm in length and 9 mm in diameter
  • Condition: Excellent (see photos)

These Venetian Millefiori mosaic glass trade beads were crafted in the late 1800s to early 1900s and were extensively used in African trade, particularly in Ghana and other regions of West Africa. The beads showcase intricate mosaic patterns, a testament to the skilled craftsmanship of Venetian artisans.

Millefiori, meaning "a thousand flowers" in Italian, is a technique that involves creating glass canes or rods with multicolored patterns, which are then sliced and applied to the surface of the beads. This labor-intensive process results in stunning, unique designs that have been highly prized in various cultures.

Trade beads like these played a significant role in African history, serving not only as currency but also as symbols of status and heritage. Their journey from Venice to Africa marks a fascinating intersection of art, commerce, and cultural exchange.

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