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Antique Venetian African Trade Millefiori Glass Beads

Antique Venetian African Trade Millefiori Glass Beads

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Antique African Trade Beads: Venetian Millefiori Mosaic Glass Beads

Discover the allure of history with these three exquisite antique Venetian millefiori trade beads, a rare find for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Known for their vibrant colors and intricate designs, these beads are a testament to the artistry of Venetian glassmakers from the early 1900s. Each bead showcases a unique combination of molded murrine and trail decorations, encapsulating the rich tradition of mosaic glass craftsmanship.

  • Size: 14 mm x 12 mm
  • Condition: Excellent (very lightly beveled, see photos)

The millefiori technique, originating in Venice, involves creating intricate patterns by fusing together multiple layers of colored glass rods. This labor-intensive process results in the stunning floral and geometric designs characteristic of millefiori beads. These beads played a significant role in the African trade, particularly in Ghana, where they were highly prized and used as currency and decorative items. Their journey from the skilled artisans of Venice to the bustling markets of Africa reflects a fascinating cultural exchange.

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