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Rare strand of antique red Kiffa beads (with a few Sherpa beads thrown in)

Rare strand of antique red Kiffa beads (with a few Sherpa beads thrown in)

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: powdered glass, powder glass beads, hand made beads, Maritanian beds, Kiffa beads
  • Favorited by: 22 people
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Description

These are old beads that were produced and used by women in Mauritania. They are named for Kiffa, a town in Mauritania, and received that name at about 1950.

The process for making them involved sifting pulverized glass (made from trade beads and other sources) onto a shaped core, then fusing them using a simple furnace. The most coveted are intensely worked polychrome wonders that emerged in a narrow window of time and space.

The beads on offer here were created in this period, but they are monochrome beads in beautifully intense and variable reds.

The pendants were typically for use as hair ornaments, triangular beads as ornaments sewn to clothing and other accessories.

These beads were purchased from a reputable dealer in 2000. The conditions vary and I'll try to give you a picture here:

Of the pendants, 9 are in excellent shape, they average 2.5cm long

Four of the pendants have smaller chips missing, Small area of core visible, still nice to wear.

Three of the pendants have sizable chunks missing. The core is clearly visible. Good study beads.

8 of the triangular beads are in excellent shape, they average 1.4cm long

6 have chips

There are three red glass "Sherpa" beads on this strand, and 10 small whitehearts - added at some point to make the set a more wearable length. The total length of KIFFA beads is about 13".
These are old beads that were produced and used by women in Mauritania. They are named for Kiffa, a town in Mauritania, and received that name at about 1950.

The process for making them involved sifting pulverized glass (made from trade beads and other sources) onto a shaped core, then fusing them using a simple furnace. The most coveted are intensely worked polychrome wonders that emerged in a narrow window of time and space.

The beads on offer here were created in this period, but they are monochrome beads in beautifully intense and variable reds.

The pendants were typically for use as hair ornaments, triangular beads as ornaments sewn to clothing and other accessories.

These beads were purchased from a reputable dealer in 2000. The conditions vary and I'll try to give you a picture here:

Of the pendants, 9 are in excellent shape, they average 2.5cm long

Four of the pendants have smaller chips missing, Small area of core visible, still nice to wear.

Three of the pendants have sizable chunks missing. The core is clearly visible. Good study beads.

8 of the triangular beads are in excellent shape, they average 1.4cm long

6 have chips

There are three red glass "Sherpa" beads on this strand, and 10 small whitehearts - added at some point to make the set a more wearable length. The total length of KIFFA beads is about 13".

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