GA206: Antique Mali Red Clay Beads 3x3-11mm 30in Strand 1 String
The individual beads in this strand of tiny African clay trade beads measure approximately 3 mm in diameter. The strand is in good condition, measures approximately 30 inches and contains about 150 beads. Red clay beads such as these are harder to find than their brown and beige cousins. Often found in hoards in the country Mali, it is still a mystery as of who made them and when. Native to Mali; these delightful Clay Beads may be up to 500 years old! Mali Clay Beads are the versatile addition to your beading supplies, because they are: Made from clay; a completely natural mineral. Authentic and sourced direct from Mali. Small enough to use as spacers, or weaving beads. Gently textured, with a handmade free-form appeal. History of Mali Clay Beads: Mali Clay Beads present a somewhat baffling history, since it is nigh on impossible to ascertain their date of production. Archaeological digs within Mali, have unearthed great stashes of these beads, determining them to be at least 500 years old.