Old Kiffa Bead from Mauritania



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This very unusual and rare bead was made in Kiffa, Mauritania. It is very old and was made by women. A striking design with clear glass core and multiple stripes. Wonderful colorful lines of color. 9mm diameter x 7mm tall. Historically, Kiffa beads are very important as its ancient technique (dating to 1000 years ago) made it one of the oldest glass bead-making processes in Africa, which was purely African in origin. This bead is around 200 years old, possibly older.  For more information check out issue #36 of Ornament Magazine.