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Eye Beads
Lamp Beads
Book Reference:
fig.69 | p.157

Superb biconical king bead with eyes and monochrome prunts and filigree. The filigree cane, invented in Venice in the first half of the sixteenth century, found its largest application in bead production in the early nineteenth century. Highly prized in Africa, they were even set aside as savings in Ghana, Togo and Benin, where it is still possible today to find strands of unused nineteenth-century Venetian beads.