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Rare Antique Banded Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads

Rare Antique Banded Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads

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Introducing four rare and beautiful old matching banded millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads, perfect for collectors and jewelry makers alike. These exquisite beads, originating from the early 1900s, showcase the remarkable craftsmanship of Venetian artisans.

  • Size: 12 - 13 mm X 10 mm
  • Condition: Very good (see photos)

These Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads were used extensively in the African trade, especially in Ghana and across West Africa. Their vibrant colors and intricate patterns make them a stunning addition to any collection.

The technique used to create these beads is known as 'millefiori,' which translates to 'a thousand flowers' in Italian. This intricate process involves layering glass canes to produce flower-like patterns, which are then cut and molded into beads. Venetian artisans have perfected this technique over centuries, making these beads highly prized for their beauty and craftsmanship.

Trade beads like these played a significant role in the history of commerce in Africa. They were used as a form of currency and were highly valued for their beauty and craftsmanship. These beads not only tell a story of trade and exchange but also of cultural interaction and artistry.

Don't miss the chance to own a piece of history with these rare antique banded millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads.

Explore our collections: Millefiori Beads Collection, Old Trade Beads Collection, Archived Millefiori Beads

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