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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...
    • Crown and Beaded Bottle

    • Crown and Beaded Bottle
    • Yoruba Tribe
    • Communication Artifact - Personal Symbol - Crown
    • The crown on the right is a cone-shaped hat covered with glass seed beads. Beaded face motifs are raised elements in orange and yellow. A beaded bird with dangling fringe sits on the point of the crown. Along the base of the crown is a beaded...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Shell Animal Bead

    • Shell Animal Bead
    • Ancient artist Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • An ancient animal shaped bead believed to be a stylized lion handcarved from shell found in Afghanistan. When viewed from the front this lion has a charming smile.
    • 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...
    • Folded Glass Bead

    • Folded Glass Bead
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • Folded glass beads like this are specific to the Islamic Period, 622 to 1400. The glass is actually folded over itself to form this type of bead. Usually you can see the fold line.
    • Artist Beads

    • Artist Beads
    • Holland, Sage
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • An assemblage of contemporary glass beads by Sage Holland made in 1993. The top left bead and center bead are "eye beads". The evil eye is a belief that apparently developed around the Mediterranean area in Neolithic times. It holds that a...
    • "Nueva Cadiz" Beads

    • "Nueva Cadiz" Beads
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • Six "Nueva Cadiz" beads from Chan Chan, Peru, thought to date from the 15th-16th centuries. These are distinctive square tubular blue glass beads, some twisted, originally found only in South America. They get their name from Nueva Cadiz,...
    • African Trade Beads

    • African Trade Beads
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • Nine strands of African Trade Beads. African Trade Beads are usually made in Venice, some as early as 1600. They were traded for goods and services in Africa and then traded around the world until they eventually became known as African Trade...
    • 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.
    • Czech Glass Bead Strand

    • Czech Glass Bead Strand
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Beads
    • A strand of 23 molded Czech glass melon beads in white, red, light blue and one yellow. They were probably made to imitate Indian agate beads.
    • Mosaic Artist Beads

    • Mosaic Artist Beads
    • Kerkvliet, Brian
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Beads
    • Brian is famous for his mosaic face beads as seen in the center bead. He has been working with glass since 1977.
    • Shell Earrings

    • Shell Earrings
    • Kalinga Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Earrings
    • Highly stylized butterfly-shaped mother-of-pearl shell earrings. These glass seed bead and shell earrings are worn by brides of the Kalinga Tribe. They are 92 mm long. The shape is very popular among the Kalinga people of Luzon Island,...
    • Naga Earrings

    • Naga Earrings
    • Naga Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Earrings
    • Two large chank shell disks with red tassles and beads at the top of each tassle. Woven multicolor beadwork connects the two disks. This earring band is a special class of earring suite connected by beadwork and worn so the chank shells go over...
    • 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.
    • Dog Tooth Necklace

    • Dog Tooth Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • Necklace made of dog teeth, glass imitation dog teeth, and nassa shells. Dog teeth were sometimes used as trade goods.
    • Indo-Pacific Necklace

    • Indo-Pacific Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • Old Indo-Pacific glass beads and gold beads strung by a contemorary artist. Beads date to 1200 AD. Indo-Pacific beads are small monochrome glass beads made by the LADA technique. They were first made in India in 300 BC and subsequently in Sri...
    • Guatemala Necklace

    • Guatemala Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • Coral, glass and metal beads forming a necklace with a large silver crucifix pendant. The necklace uses several coins and silver crosses. Small metal pieces in shapes of limbs (arms, legs, etc.) and body parts (eyes) are called "milagros" which...

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