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Antique Oval Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads - African Mosaic Glass

Antique Oval Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads - African Mosaic Glass

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These four beautiful old oval Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads are a captivating addition to any collection. Made in Venice, Italy, these beads exemplify the intricate artistry and vibrant colors characteristic of millefiori beads.

  • Size of beads: 14 mm in length
  • Diameter: 11 - 12 mm
  • Condition: Excellent (one bead is very lightly chipped, see photo)

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 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 significance 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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