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The Bead Museum Collection Highlights
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    • "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...
    • "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...
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Artist Bead Necklace

    • Artist Bead Necklace
    • Smircich, James
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • Contempory glass bead necklace in red, white and black made in 1993. James is a founding member of the ISGB (International Society of Glass Bead Makers) and an internationally celebrated teacher of glass bead making.
    • 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...
    • Beaded Bag

    • Beaded Bag
    • American Indian
    • Personal Artifact - Personal Gear - Bag
    • Beaded bag with a feather motif on black fabric with scarlet ribbon edging. Bags like this were very popular from the late 1880's to 1920's as tourist souveniers from the Niagara Falls area. They were made by American Indians many from the tribes...
    • 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...
    • Belt

    • Belt
    • Jivaro Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Personal Gear - Belt
    • Red, yellow, blue and white striped cloth with fringes of fiber with red and black beads, Job's Tears, large pieces of shell and brown buckeye seed pods. The red and black seeds are poisonous. From catalog "Seashells: The First Ornament:" TBM...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Diviner's Pouch

    • Diviner's Pouch
    • Yoruba Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Personal Gear - Bag
    • Many strands of red glass seed beads, some whitehearts, with a woven beaded pouch at each end and coin dangles on the pouches. Coins are British West Africa one cent pieces dated 1938, 1941, 1942 and 1943. Beadwork is red and white. Whitehearts...

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