Brick Red Ancient Excavated Indo-Pacific Beads


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These rare and authentic excavated ancient beads were sourced in Mali. Experts believe that in fact, these red beads are a type of Indo-Pacific trade beads. The exact origin of these beads is unknown, but they may have been imported from India in ancient times as part of the Indo-pacific trade. These beads are believed to date to approximately 7-12th c. AD.

These beads are found in many colors, and the beads in this particular listing are of a red brick color, rare for these beads, with the occasional inclusion of blue or black bead on a strand. The strands contain beads of different sizes in the range of 2-5 mm beads, with an occasional 6-7 mm bead. Some strands contain mostly rondel beads with a few cylindrical beads, and some have more cylindrical beads than round. The last two photos in the listing show a strand with a good balance of both. Some mostly cylindrical strands are available - see selections at checkout.

The stringing hole is about 1mm. Most of the beads are rondel, but there are a number of cylindrical and other shapes. Please consult the photos to see variability in color and size. The strands are approximately 22" long.

These beads make excellent spacers and are coveted by jewelry designers.

Most photos show multiple strands. The price is per strand.

Note: several strands are shown in some photos. This listing is for ONE strand

Weights and sizes are approximate.

IMPORTANT NOTE. In the world of beads, and especially ancient and antique beads, errors in identification are common. We do our best to research and classify our beads accurately, however mistakes are certainly possible. If you are a bead expert and notice any errors in description, we invite you to please contact us and let us know. We are always grateful for any new information. We also accept returns no questions asked. See our Return Policy for detail.

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 a naked eye depending on your monitor settings.

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