The Language of Beads – African Decorative Beads

Friday, January 09, 2015

The history of beads used as adornments goes back to the evolution of modern man. Especially in Africa beads and cowry shells were symbols of power and wealth. Glass beads were imported from the Middle East and Europe, making them affordable only to kings and noblemen. Beads have been an integral part of prestigious African art, a unique and highly detailed craft that speaks a language of its own...

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