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Rare Antique Murano Bird Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads - African Mosaic

Rare Antique Murano Bird Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads - African Mosaic

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These three beautiful and very rare old matching banded "Murano Bird" or "Rooster" Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads are a true treasure for any collector. Crafted in Venice, Italy, these beads feature the distinctive Murano bird design, showcasing the exceptional artistry and vibrant patterns characteristic of millefiori beads.

  • Size of beads: 18 mm in length
  • Diameter: 10 mm
  • Condition: Very good (beveled, minor decoration loss, see photos)

These Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads were used in the African trade from the late 1800s to 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 intricate 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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