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African necklace (N° 21111)

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Necklace made up of different beads firmly strung on a thick raffia cord, some of them having once served as currency. The Millefiori pearls, in molten glass, would come from Venice (Murano) in particular, but also from other European countries such as Czechoslovakia. Beads were also made on the African continent, including in Ghana. From the 14th century, they were exchanged on the African continent for various goods: gold, ivory, etc. Jewelry could also be part of the dowry.
Symbolizing wealth, pearls also refer to lives depending on a whole. In black Africa, clan chiefs held necklaces symbolizing the clan, each pearl a family. Among the Baluba, pearls were placed in the hand of the deceased so that he could afford his pass into the afterlife. Ref. : " Pearls of 'Africa' M.F. Delarozière; Editions Edisud.  

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Originacquit dans les années 80 par le collectionneur
Height cm84
Weight0.12 Kg

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