Antique six-layer Venetian Chevron Bead traded in Africa 46x25mm.. b1-2060rl

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Antique six-layer Venetian Chevron Bead traded in Africa 46x25mm.

Antique Venetian chevron beads are colorful glass beads made in Venice, Italy, beginning in the 16th and 17th centuries. These beads were highly prized and were traded extensively throughout Africa, where they were used as a form of currency and as decorative items.

These beads were made using a complex process that involved layering different colors of glass and then pulling the resulting rod of glass into a thin, twisted cane. The cane was then cut into small pieces, which were shaped and polished to create the final bead.

Chevron beads quickly became popular in Africa, where they were used as currency and traded for goods such as ivory, gold, and slaves. They were also highly prized for their decorative value and were used in a variety of cultural and religious ceremonies.

Over time, the demand for Venetian chevron beads in Africa declined, and the production of these beads ceased in the 19th century. However, they remain highly valued by collectors and are still used in traditional African jewelry-making today.