A Very Large Ancient Serpentine Bead from West Africa VB_0475C


An ancient dark green Serpentine from Mauritania.  Collectible. 

The bead is in excellent antique shape. However, as appropriate for the age, some nicks and chips may be present. Please see the photos for the detail.  Serpentine has been highly prized in West Africa since antiquity, so much so that it is sold by weight.

The bead is 32g,  36x18mm

The hole size is approximately 9mm, varying somewhat from bead to bead.

Weights and sizes are approximate.

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COLORS: Our photos are taken in different lighting in an attempt to show how beads look in different lighting conditions. We make every effort to show colors as accurately as possible. The white background photos are taken in daylight conditions. The black background photos are taken in the strong lab light and would be representative of what they would look like in the evening electric light. Some of the photos are backlit to emphasize their translucency. Note that monitor settings strongly affect the way the colors look. What you see on your monitor may differ from what you see with the naked eye depending on your monitor settings.

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