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Trade Beads, African Clay Beads, Large

Weight: 0 lbs 2 ozs
Material: Clay
Color: Natural
Item Size: Approx. 6x12 to 12x24mm
Hole Size: 1.5-2.5MM
Additional Specs: 50-70 beads per strand
Country of Origin: Mali
Handmade: Yes
Catalog Page Number: N/A
Stock#: 22-523-04
Large African clay beads. Shapes include bicones and tubes. These ancient beads are commonly collected by sifting desert sands. 30-50 beads per 28" strand. Questions? Call our friendly sales staff at 1-800-366-2156, or click the chat support button to ask a question. More details...
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California lead classification for this item: Class 1
Availability: Currently Out of Stock

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Regular Price: $10.00/ st

Trade Beads, African Clay Beads, Large
Trade Beads, African Clay Beads, Large
There has been some question regarding the origin of these beads, with some believing they are ancient and some believing they are made now or recently. We believe these inexpensive and plentiful beads are ancient (approx. 600 years old, from the 15th or 16th century) and have been "sifted from the sand."

These beads have been found scattered across desert sands and at burial sites in Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, etc. It seems unlikely that bead makers would go through the time consuming process required to create these ancient looking beads. They are so cheap it just wouldn't be profitable.

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