Large Ancient Excavated Amazonite from Sahara VB_0447


This large ancient amazonite bead comes from the Sahara. Although its exact age is unknown, it is believed to be over 1000 years old. This is an ancient bead that can be seen from the hourglass shape of its hole (aperture).

Amazonite has been highly prized in West Africa since antiquity, so much so that it is sold by weight.

This bead is in an excellent ancient condition.  However, as appropriate for the age, some nicks and chips may be present. Please see the photos for the detail.

The bead is 28 x 20mm and weighs 17.4 g.

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 the 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.

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