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Rare Antique Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads Pair

Rare Antique Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads Pair

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Antique Venetian Millefiori Mosaic Glass Trade Beads - Rare Matching Pair

Discover the charm of these beautiful matching pair of rare old millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads. These beads, with their vibrant and intricate designs, are a testament to the exquisite craftsmanship of Venetian glassmakers.

  • Size of the beads: 18-19 mm X 13 mm
  • Condition: Very good (lightly beveled, see photos)

These Venetian Millefiori trade beads were used in the African trade in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Each bead is a piece of history, reflecting the rich cultural exchanges between Venice and Africa. The term "millefiori" means "a thousand flowers" in Italian, and these beads truly capture the essence of this name with their intricate floral patterns.

The technique of creating millefiori beads involves layering glass rods of different colors to form unique mosaic patterns. This art form originated in Venice and has been cherished for centuries. These beads played a significant role in trade across Ghana and other parts of Africa, where they were highly valued and used as a form of currency and decoration.

Don't miss the chance to own a piece of this fascinating history. Each bead is unique and tells a story of its own.

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