Destash Bead Group With Owls
Small group of beads. The large red one is a Vintage Muslim, Bohemian Pressed Glass. I think it says Allah. They were made for pilgrims to obtain on the route to Mecca. The big blue one Is often referred to as a Waterlooplein Bead. In the 1500s, glass was produced for trade. These beads were particularly traded with the Dogon people, The great Dutch East India ships carried beads by the ton as ballast , when sailing over to Africa. In trade they returned with a variety of elements, including slaves. I'm sorry, but true. It makes this beautiful bead a tragic treasure. This is destash, so the Turquoise glass bead is a definite score!