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Rare Antique Red Banded Oval Millefiori Venetian Trade Beads

Rare Antique Red Banded Oval Millefiori Venetian Trade Beads

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Rare Antique Red Banded Oval Millefiori Venetian Trade Beads

Discover the exquisite beauty of these five rare antique red banded oval millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads. Each bead is a testament to the incredible craftsmanship of Venetian artisans, making them a prized addition to any collection.

  • Length: 13 mm
  • Diameter: 10 mm
  • Condition: Excellent (very lightly beveled, see photos)

These Venetian Millefiori mosaic glass trade beads were used in the African trade during the late 1800s to early 1900s. The rich red banded design highlights the intricate millefiori technique, which involves creating beautiful floral patterns within the glass. This technique originated in Venice and showcases the unparalleled skill of its glassmakers.

Trade beads, such as these, played a significant role in the history of commerce in Ghana and other parts of Africa. They were highly valued and used not only as currency but also as symbols of status and cultural identity.

For more stunning pieces, explore our collections: Millefiori Beads Collection, Trade Beads Collection, and our Millefiori Beads Archives.

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