Ancient Excavated Islamic Period Blue Glass Beads, 26 Inch Strand, Mali - Rita Okrent Collection (AG111e)
Ancient Excavated Islamic Period Blue Glass Beads, Strand, Mali.
These very special ancient excavated blue Islamic beads are found in Mauritania and Mali, specifically in the caravan towns of Timbuktu, Mopti, Djenne and Gao. They vary in design and wear, patina and iridescence, and are somewhere in between 600-1000 years old (or more). They have been buried for hundreds of years and may have once had eyes on them, or perhaps were made to be worn with eye beads. Blue is generally used traditionally for protection by Islamic and African societies and people, with or without the eye. This strand has a lot of wear and a deep dark blue color.
62 beads. 26+ inches (66 cm) of beads not including raffia.
Round beads ranging from 6-16mm each.
Beautiful deep dark blues. At least 2 with eyes. Well worn and beautiful. So many uses for these beads.