Huge Strand of Rare Red and Blue African Trade "Kiffa" Beads


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36" strand of 73 rare red and blue African trade beads. There are a few Venetian made beads from the 1800s, but most of them are the very rare and magical "Kiffa"beads, which were made in Kiffa, Mauritania.  Historically, Kiffa beads are very important as its ancient technique (dating to 1000 years ago) made it of the oldest glass bead-making processes in Africa, which was purely African in origin. These beads are from the late 1700s/early 1800s.