Beautiful Mauritanian African trade beads, hand-knotted and alternating with bicone Swarovski crystals. The largest bead is flanked by coordinating tassels. These trade beads are a type of powder glass beads handmade in the town of Kiffa. The beads are made with crushed glass moistened and formed around a core without a mold. Firing is on a bed of charcoal. Each bead is individually hand decorated. The antique Kiffa beads are very rare. New ones have been made in the region beginning in the 1980s using the ancient technique. The making of these beads requires considerable skill.
Closure is a glass bead and seed bead toggle.
This beauty weighs 1.52 oz (for reference, a regular can of pop/soda is 12 oz)
Overall length end-to-end: approx 20 inches, add 1-1/2 inch tassel drop
When on, nape to chest: approx 10 inches, add 1-1/2 inch tassel drop
Trade beads: the 3 larger beads are approx 19mm and 23mm; the 28 round beads average 9mm
Swarovski crystals: approx 5 and 8 mm
Tassels: approx 2 inches
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