Rare Rust Red Antique Ancient Glass Nila Beads, Gao, Mali - Rita Okrent Collection (AT0671)

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Deep Rust Red Glass Excavated Antique Ancient Nila Beads, Gao, Mali. It is very unusual to find full strands of red nila beads.

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

These wonderful beads are great for design of all sorts of necklaces. They wear beautifully with their natural absorption of the body's oils. 

4 variations of these beads in terms of size and shape. Tube, large mix and mainly smaller (2-5mm) and regular(3-5mm). Please choose your preference from the variations on this listing.

Strands sold individually. Price is per strand. Approximately 23” of beads per strand.

Some useful reference articles:

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

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

African Item 0671

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