Strand of Mixed Early Islamic Glass Eye Beads from Mauritania or Mali - Rita Okrent Collection (AG226)
A very special 36 inch long strand of beautiful mixed antique and ancient eye beads from Mauritania or Mali.
These early Islamic period mixed eye beads are found in the Sahel, in Mauritania and Mali. They vary in design and wear, color and iridescence, and are estimated to be somewhere in between 400-1000 years old (early Islamic period).
Traded and worn to keep away the “evil eye” in many cultures across the Mediterranean.
Lots to work with in your jewelry designs. Suitable for necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc..
100 beads/36+ inches of beads on this strand. Bead sizes range from 8-14mm. Bead hole size varies, but averages approximately 2mm.
Lots of variety on this strand. A bead with raised yellow eyes, a few non-eye beads (though also antique), 2 possibly newer beads, a few beads with wear such that eyes do not show well. Several outstanding blue and white eye clean eye beads and several beads in green or blue with yellow eyes. Most beads are in good condition. The mix and level of wear and damage is accommodated for in pricing.
Ancient Glass Item 226
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