Larger Carved Shells, Mali, Set of 8
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These intricately carved antique shell beads are traditionally worn by Malian women in fancy braided hairdo's and are shaped like a bead cap. Some have one hole, some have two (like a button). Some are conical shaped, some more domed. Great for setting into silver bezels, or capping a fancy bead. Size ranges from 17-22mm diameter. Sold as a set of 8 shells. Hand carved in the early 1900's.