For your bidding pleasure is a set of African sand cast trade beads. The technique for creating this style of bead started in Ghana during the 16th century. Very fine pieces of crushed glass are held together with a binding material such as saliva or gum Arabic and spread over a grass stem or a bottle glass core. After cooking in the oven, the beads are rolled in other small pieces of glass to create patterns. The longest piece measures 15" long.
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