Antique "Hippo Teeth" - Large shell bead


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Although made of a clamshell, this huge "hippo tooth" is the name the African traders gave to beads such as this one, is not made from hippos. The bead is found primarily in Nigeria, and they are traditionally African in origin. 57mm long x 35mm wide x 13mm thick with very small .75mm bow-drilled hole. Antique bead from the early 1900s.