Rare vintage Persian deep bright blue faience donkey bead. 1 pcs. B2-626

Rare vintage Persian deep bright blue faience donkey bead.


Item #: B2-626
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Rare vintage Persian faience Donkey beads from a collection purchased in the 1960s and apparently in new condition.  Each bead is hand made, irregular and will have a few imperfections.   Average 20mm in diameter.  Around 19mm hole to hole.  Stringing hole is around 4mm.  Sold individually  Limited supply.

The Donkey bead is a Faience bead, an ancient non-clay based ceramic of quartz and sand used 5500 years ago in ancient Egypt. Faience was often a substitute for lapis lazuli and turquoise. The city of Qom, in Iran, is the only place where traditional faience Donkey beads are still being made. This bead is made from crushed quartz (silica) sodium carbonate, and cobalt colorant  that creates a chemical reaction on the outside of the bead which creates the cobalt blue glaze, 

These beads were very popular in the 1960s and 11970s.  They are very striking as a single focal bead.

Donkey beads are named for the tradition of placing a bead around a donkeys neck to ward off evil spirits.  It is still considered a good luck charm.

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