Oblong Shaped Bead - Tribal Look
These oblong block shape beads seem to be made from a white clay, with paint over the outside, but then scraped off into a pattern, so that the white base shows through. Either that, or the markings are scored in before baking, and the paint has been put over the top. I've tried to scrape paint off and can't do it easily, so the coating won't flake or peel off, that's for sure. LOL seeing they are years old I'm sure they would have peeled years ago if they were every going to!
The bead is painted yellow with black on 2 sides, and red on the other 2 sides. The red portions have concentric circles carved into them, and the black is like 2 concentric circle with lines radiating out from the outside circle, making you think of sunrise, or maybe it is a tribal meaning for something deeper, like a fireplace, on the red, and people moving away on the black side. Who knows? (But if you do please let us know!!) Each bead weighs about 6 grams, so not too heavy for some interesting earrings!
These clay beads are very old stock from a storage lot, that we scooped up years ago. You won't find beads in many places that are like these! Truly unique handmade beads! Most probably made in Africa a long time ago!
Being handmade there is a lot of variation in the sizing and shapes. We have taken photos in front of a ruler, as well as alone, to try and show the approximate sizing of the beads.
Due to the huge variation, we won't measure proportions, sizes or hole sizes here. Please refer to the photos for that kind of information.
These beads are from a collection of bisque fired (no glaze) terracotta/clay/ceramic. There are a lot of definitions of the way these beads are made, and if you are interested, have a google about them and gather information. They are amazing beads to find out about!
We can't be certain of their exact information, rather we are giving suggestions of what these beads are, and where they are from, how they are made etc, from information gathered from our general observations over the last many years in the bead trade.
We will attempt to give you beads that all look similar for each pack that you buy.
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