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

    • Glass Rods
    • Heron Glass
    • Personal Artifact - Personal Gear - Cane
    • Canes and cane slices from glass rods used to make beads. These canes were made by Mary Mullany and Ralph Mossman of Heron Glass in early 1994. The flower-like motifs shown in the slices are called "millefiori" which is Italian for 1000 flowers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...

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