Mixed Blue Glass Translucent Ancient Glass Nila or Koli Aggrey Beads, 24 Inch Strand, Mali - Rita Okrent Collection (AT0072b)
These are either an unusual version of Mali glass nila beads or a shorter version of long tubular Koli / Aggrey beads. They are smooth to the touch and most are translucent.
Koli beads were produced in Germany and traded extensively by the Portuguese and are antique. Nila beads were made in Mali and are very old.
These unusual deep blue strands show their colors in all their loveliness.
Beads measure 3-5mm diameter. 24" of beads per strand. Mix of round, shard and tube shapes.
Each strand is unique and may vary slightly in size and color from strands pictured.
African Trade Item 0072b