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Antique Elbow Millefiori African Trade Bead - Large Venetian Mosaic Glass

Antique Elbow Millefiori African Trade Bead - Large Venetian Mosaic Glass

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This beautiful old large elbow Millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade bead, referenced in Picard, Volume VI, p.38, bead 693, is a stunning piece of history. Originating from the early 1900s, this bead is a fine example of Venetian craftsmanship, cherished in African trade.

  • Size: 55 X 15 mm
  • Condition: Very good (very lightly chipped at the ends, see photos)

Millefiori beads, also known as mosaic beads, are crafted using a meticulous technique that originated in Venice, Italy. This process involves layering glass rods of different colors, creating intricate patterns that are revealed when the rods are cut into cross-sections. These beads were highly prized in African trade, especially in Ghana, where they were used for both decorative and ceremonial purposes. Their vibrant colors and detailed designs made them a valuable commodity, symbolizing wealth and status.

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