Strands of Rare Antique Small Yellow Glass Nila Beads from Mali - Rita Okrent Collection (AT0690b)

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Rare and gorgeous small yellow glass excavated Nila Beads in 2 sizes.


This group of beads was found in the Gao district of Mali, in between Gao and Niger are estimated to be a few hundreds of years old (1200-1600 A.D.)
It is believed they were manufactured locally along the River Niger, given the very large quantities of them found by locals in this region.

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

The color of these is a bit richer than in some of the photos and there are some beads on the strands with green hues mixed in.

The beads on these strands range from 2-3 mm diameter and from 3-5mm diameter.

Pricing vary depending on bead sizes. Select your preference from options available.

2-3mm bead strands (small spacer beads)

3mm+ bead strands (larger spacer beads) - 3-5mm with a few 6mm beads.

All strands have a large mix of sizes, some down to 1mm. Variants give you a general ability to choose your size range.

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

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

African Item 0690b

 

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    JB
    07/24/2020
    jenise b.
    United States United States
    gorgeous petite Nila beads

    these are exactly what i was looking for...and Jocelyne is always extremely helpful...she responds quickly to questions and offers the best Nila beads i have found in years!

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