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Antique Venetian African Trade Millefiori Mosaic Glass Beads

Antique Venetian African Trade Millefiori Mosaic Glass Beads

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Antique Venetian Millefiori Mosaic Glass Trade Beads

Discover the exquisite craftsmanship of these four beautiful old oval Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads. Handcrafted in Venice in the early 1900s, these beads are a stunning representation of the artistry and trade heritage of the time. Perfect for collectors and jewelry makers alike, these beads add a touch of history and elegance to any collection.

  • Size: 13 mm x 10 mm
  • Condition: Excellent (one bead is very lightly chipped, see photo)

These antique Venetian millefiori beads were meticulously crafted using the millefiori technique, where multiple layers of colored glass are fused together to create intricate floral and geometric patterns. This traditional method, perfected in Venice, results in beads that are not only visually stunning but also rich in historical significance.

Trade beads like these played a crucial role in African trade, particularly in Ghana, where they were highly valued and used as a form of currency and decorative item. The vibrant designs and durable craftsmanship made them a sought-after commodity, symbolizing wealth and status.

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