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Old African Trade Beads: Large Venetian Mosaic Millefiori Beads

Old African Trade Beads: Large Venetian Mosaic Millefiori Beads

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Discover the charm and history of these three beautiful OLD matching rare large OVAL millefiori, murrine with trail decoration, Venetian mosaic glass trade beads. Expertly crafted in Venice, Italy, these beads are a stunning example of early 20th-century beadmaking artistry. Perfect for collectors and jewelry designers alike, these beads offer a unique glimpse into the rich tradition of African trade beads.

  • Size: 16 x 11 mm
  • Condition: Very good (lightly beveled, see photos)

These Venetian Millefiori mosaic glass trade beads were widely used in the African trade during the early 1900s, serving not only as currency but also as symbols of wealth and social status in various African cultures. Each bead is meticulously crafted using the ancient millefiori technique, where layers of colored glass are fused together and then sliced to create intricate, flower-like patterns.

The production of these beads in Venice required exceptional skill and precision, showcasing the city’s renowned glassmaking expertise. Their journey to Africa, where they were exchanged for goods and integrated into local customs, highlights their cultural significance and enduring beauty.

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