This collection uses some of the oldest and well traveled beads, many of which have been excavated in digs. Most of the amber, bone, carnelian, granite, quartz, and metal beads were made in Africa. However, a number of the glass beads commonly called "trade beads" in this group were made in the Czech Republic, Hebron, and Venice, then traded to Africa. Many of these beads have traveled at least three continents. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
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