Excavated Dark Blue Glass Ancient Nila Beads, Djenne or Gao, Mali - Rita Okrent Collection (AT0611)

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Deep Rich Cobalt Dark Blue Glass Excavated Ancient Nila Beads, Gao, Mali.

Circa 1200-1600 AD. This group of beads was found in the Gao district of Mali, in between Gao and Niger. Believed to be manufactured along the River Niger, given the very large quantities of them found by locals in this region.

Some useful reference articles:

https://theconversation.com/how-we-found-the-earliest-glass-production-south-of-the-sahara-and-what-it-means-142059

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gao

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songhai_Empire

These wonderful beads are great for design of all sorts of necklaces. They wear beautifully with their natural absorption of the body's oils. Really a favorite bead in the collection for so many reasons.

Strands include beads measuring 2-5mm diameter. Approximately 23” of beads per strand.

Strands sold individually. Price is per strand.

African Trade Item 0611




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