Translucent Teal Blue Aqua Sea Blue Antique Small Glass Nila Beads, Gao, Mali - Rita Okrent Collection (AT0651)

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Gorgeous Rare Translucent Teal Aqua Blue Small Glass Nila Beads from Mali.

This group of beads was found in the deserts of 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, earrings and bracelets, They are wonderful as spacers. They wear beautifully with their natural absorption of the body's oils.

23 inches of beads per strand. Strands sold individually. Price is per strand.

Beads range from 2-5 mm / strand.
2-3mm bead strands (small spacers or seed beads)
3mm+ bead strands (larger spacer beads) - 3-5mm with a few 6mm beads.

It is unusual to see full strands of small nila beads in this shade of blue. We were thrilled to find these and know you will love them as much as we do.

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

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