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The Bead Museum Collection Highlights
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    • 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...
    • Glass Sherds

    • Glass Sherds
    • Ancient Egypt
    • Unclassifiable Artifact - Artifact Remnant - Sherd
    • A variety of glass sherds from ancient Egypt during the Roman period dating from 63BC to 14AD. Glassmaking occurred as early as 2340 BC in Mesopotamia. These are fragments of vessels made in the millefiori technique that was devised to imitate the...
    • Ladakh Anklet

    • Ladakh Anklet
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Personal Gear - Anklet
    • Oblate graduated turquoise blue glass beads with alternating brass bells in the central area strung on cotton string. A small brass bell is used as a clasp.
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • 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.
    • Pre-Columbian Necklace

    • Pre-Columbian Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Necklace
    • Five flat rectangular shell pieces with a hole in each corner of each rectangle (4 holes per shell), all strung together with shell heishi discs at both top and bottom. The top row continues around the neck. The shell dates to the Tairona Culture...
    • Blue Bead Necklace

    • Blue Bead Necklace
    • Konyak Tribe
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Necklace
    • Ninety-five (95) blue glass beads with a brass head pendant. The head has metal loop dangle earrings. Only a warrior who had taken a head was supposed to wear pendants like this. The Konyak and other Naga tribes were once headhunters. This...
    • 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...
    • Kond Brass Necklace

    • Kond Brass Necklace
    • Kond Tribe
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Necklace
    • It is a collection of antique brass round elements on string.
    • Pre-Columbian Bead Strands

    • Pre-Columbian Bead Strands
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Beads
    • Outside strand: Thirty-two graduated flat rectangular shaped pieces of orange Spondylus shell strung as a necklace with a hook-and-eye closure. Found in Peru these shell beads date from 1000 ca. Inside strand: Small strand of turquoise beads...
    • Pumtek Necklace

    • Pumtek Necklace
    • Pyu People
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Beads
    • The left side shows beads before coloring. The right side shows beads after color enhancement. Left: Thirty-one natural fossilized palm nut beads in hexagon shapes with marble like markings. When treated (dyed), they become the more familiar...
    • Ancient Egyptian Glass Bead

    • Ancient Egyptian Glass Bead
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Bead
    • An ancient glass bead, possibly from Egypt. It is a furnace-wound black tapered bead with red and white trailed design believed to be from the Islamic Period 622 - 1400.
    • 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.
    • Ancient Glass Disc Bead

    • Ancient Glass Disc Bead
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Bead
    • Green glass disc with three mosaic eye patterns from Egypt made in the Coptic tradition. Coptic refers to the Christian religion of the area. This bead probably dates from 63BC - 1400AD.
    • Folded Bead

    • Folded Bead
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Bead
    • Folded glass beads lilke this are specific to the Islamic Period 622 - 1400. The glass is actually folded over itself to form this type of bead. Usually you can see the fold line.
    • Pumtek Bead

    • Pumtek Bead
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Bead
    • These two Pumtek beads show the rare monkey design. The top bead is a cylinder 42mm by 10mm, while the bottom bead is 24mm square. The original Pumtek beads were made by the Pyu People about 1000 years ago. It is the honored bead among the Chin...
    • Fashion Accessories

    • Fashion Accessories
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Armband;earrings
    • Top: A pectoral ornament or part of a headdress. The center piece is oval with a tree-of-life motif and metal chain dangles with diamond shaped drops. Each side piece is 5 inches of metal mesh with 3 embossed octagon shaped medalions. Along the...

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