Large Excavated Indo-Pacific Trade Wind Beads in Teal Blue


These rare and authentic excavated ancient beads from Indonesia. They are frequently called Indo-Pacific Trade Winds Beads as they are found broadly in many regions, including Indonesia, and have widely traveled across the Pacific with the Trade Winds in antiquity. Very similar beads are found in West Africa, especially in Mali and Niger excavations. While there is no clarity on their exact origin, archeological evidence places these beads to approximately 7-12th c. AD, although a number of sources attribute them to earlier, Roman, period.

These beads are found in many colors, and the beads in this particular listing are in teal blue These are of rare size, larger than most of the indo-pacific trade beads available on the market, The beads are graduated from about 6-8 mm in diameter in the center to 4-6 mm at the peripheral ends of each strand. Desirable for designers and collectors alike.

Please consult the photos to see variability in color and size. The strands are approximately 24" long.

Most photos show multiple strands. The price is per 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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