Set of 6 Blue Islamic Ancient Glass Eye Beads, Mali - Rita Okrent Collection (AG113c)
Group of 6 Blue Islamic Ancient Glass Eye Beads, discovered in Mali.
These very special ancient excavated glass beads are found in Mauritania and Mali, specifically in the caravan towns of Timbuktu, Mopti, Djenne and Gao. They vary in design and wear, and iridescence, and are thought to be somewhere in between 600-1000 years old, or more.
Traded and worn to keep away the "evil eye" in many cultures across the Mediterranean. Many eyes in this group, but a little discounted due to wear. No chips or cracks. One bead has no obvious eyes.
Size and designs vary per bead. Sizes vary from 12-14mm.
Sold as a group.
Stunning for use in designs in a super elegant necklace of smaller beads with this as a focal bead!