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The Bead Museum Collection Highlights
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    • FLower Money

    • FLower Money
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact - Exchange Medium - Coin
    • A 3mm thick round piece of silver with an embossed flower design, used both as a pendant and as a medium of exchange. Also called Willow Leaf Money, it was made and used in Burma, 1600 - 1800. Flower money was produced in the Shan provinces along...
    • Bone Pendant

    • Bone Pendant
    • Unknown
    • Personal Aritifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • A carved bone pendant from Papua, New Guinea. May have been used as a nose ornament.
    • Mithan Pendant

    • Mithan Pendant
    • Naga Tribe
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Pendant
    • A carved bone pendant made from a Mithan skull with small bundles of black hair attached at the base. Faces and concentric circles are carved in the bone. Mithan is the type of cattle raised by the Naga People and a Mithan face is the official Seal...
    • "Balangandas" Necklace

    • "Balangandas" Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • A cast silver metal frame with two birds on a vine and dangles of hollow fruit, gourds and a wooden hand. This necklace is known as "balangandas" - originally a chain of amulets or charms (teeth, bells, horn, shell, etc.) worn by slaves as...
    • Ancient Glass Mixed Bead Necklace

    • Ancient Glass Mixed Bead Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • A combination of Ancient glass beads dating from the Roman to Islamic Period, 63BC - 1400AD. Detail: The detail shows the bottom beads on the necklace strands and closeups of design motifs such as trailed lines are easy to see.
    • Roman Period Bead

    • Roman Period Bead
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Bead
    • A glass bead from the Roman Period, 63BC - 14AD, probably made in Egypt. It features a band of mosaic glass depicting a double wave of yellow and black.
    • Sorcerer's Armband

    • Sorcerer's Armband
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifacts - Ceremonial Artifact - Relic
    • A hand-carved bone armband worn as dance regalia by Tibetan priests during ceremonies to drive away evil spirits. The dance outfit includes an apron and a pair of armbands. The carved plaques depict Himalayan deities and emblems important to the...
    • Face Bead

    • Face Bead
    • Allen, Jamey
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • A large polymer clay bead (40mm X 31mm) showing 5 rows of male and female faces based on ancient samples found in Syrian and Egyptian cultures. The center row of faces is largest and shows the most detail.
    • Armband

    • Armband
    • Ifugao Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Armband
    • A man's armband made of multiple rows of glass seed beads and glass tubular trade beads. Worn by the Ifugao Tribe of the Philippine Islands.
    • Naga Necklace with Shell

    • Naga Necklace with Shell
    • Naga Tribe
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Necklace
    • A multi-strand necklace of mostly yellow and orange glass beads with 3 large Chank shell accent pieces and 2 sections of smaller Chank shell tube beads in horizontal rows. There are brass bell dangles all across the bottom edge and a brass coin...
    • Kond Necklace

    • Kond Necklace
    • Kond Tribe
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Necklace
    • A multi-strand necklace of red "whitehearts" alternating with sections of white glass beads. Each section is divided by 2 large brass bicone beads. Necklace is 42 in. long and 2 in. thick. "Whitehearts" are red glass beads with a white glass...
    • Naga Ao Necklace

    • Naga Ao Necklace
    • Naga Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • A Naga tribal necklace made of light blue wound glass beads, 2 large cylindrical pieces of white chank shell, black and white spotted glass beads and carnelian ovals alternating with long-stemed brass bells. Square chank shell pieces used for...
    • Head Pendant Necklace

    • Head Pendant Necklace
    • Naga Tribe
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Necklace
    • A necklace made of netted glass seed beads supporting a bronze pendant with four heads. Two of the heads have mithan horns while the heads on either side have earrings with red wool tassles. Mithan are wild cattle tended by the Naga People....
    • Metal Necklace

    • Metal Necklace
    • Dan Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • A necklace made up of 30 brass decorated teeth and old Venetian glass millefiori beads. The long brass pieces represent leopard teeth and the short brass teeth represent crocodile teeth.
    • Ethiopia Necklace

    • Ethiopia Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • A necklace of 10 silver Coptic crosses and various black and white trade beads from Ethiopia. Coptic is the Christian religion of the area.
    • Sherpa Coral Necklace

    • Sherpa Coral Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Necklace
    • A necklace of 46 red glass Czech beads made to imitate coral. It is called Sherpa Coral because it is favored by the Sherpa People of Nepal.
    • Amulet necklace

    • Amulet necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment -Necklace
    • A necklace of assorted silver amulets, coins, bracteats, beads and stones strung on twisted black cords with a larger diamond shaped silver prayer box at the center. Two of the amulets are stylized "Hands of Fatima" symbols. Amulets are thought...
    • Ancient Glass Pendant

    • Ancient Glass Pendant
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • A pear-shaped Islamic black glass pendant with trailed white lines. The pendant hangs from a chain, which is not ancient. The bead dates from the Islamic Period 622 -1400.
    • Phoenician Head Pendant

    • Phoenician Head Pendant
    • Ancient, unknown artist
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • A Phoenician glass head pendant. The Phoenicians represented a federation of maritime traders rather than a defined country from about 1500 BC to 300 BC. Most head pendants are bearded and, therefore, male. This type is always unbearded and may...
    • Beaded Textile

    • Beaded Textile
    • Rabari Tribe
    • Unclassifiable Artifacts - Need to Classify - Head Ornament
    • A semi-triagular glass seed-beaded panel with a rounded top. Beaded background is white with a chicken in the top half and a tree-like shape with animals on the bottom half. Red cloth backing with orange trim. The Rabari People of Northern India...

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