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Rare Antique Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads - African Mosaic Glass

Rare Antique Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads - African Mosaic Glass

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These three beautiful old rare Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads are a unique find for any collector. Crafted in Venice, Italy, these beads showcase the intricate artistry and vibrant patterns that are characteristic of millefiori beads.

  • Size of beads: 13 mm in length
  • Diameter: 10 mm
  • Condition: Excellent (one bead has a hairline crack that does not affect the strength of the bead, see photos)

These Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads were used in the African trade in the early 1900s, playing a significant role in the history and culture of Ghana and other parts of Africa. The technique of creating millefiori beads involves layering glass to form detailed floral and geometric patterns, making each bead a unique piece of art.

Trade beads like these were not only decorative but also served as a form of currency and a symbol of social status in various African communities. The vibrant patterns and historical importance make these beads highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Explore our collection of millefiori beads currently available for sale, the old trade beads currently for sale, and our archived millefiori beads.

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