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A rare 8 layered eye very beautiful and intricate in design, antique trade bead from Africa,in excellent condition. Made in Murano Venice Italy in the 18th century, of high quality glass, using the ancient Roman technique of Millefiori Mosaic.
Measuring 42 x 15mm, with a rich cobalt blue background, that enhances the colours of the Millefiori design, in ochre red, rich buttercup yellow and snowy white, the intense colour of these beads has not changed since the day it was made. The colour and integrity of this bead will forever be as new. In excellent condition.

Made into a pendant by me and strung onto 2mm thick black Greek leather, with slip knots for adjusting the length of the leather.

These wonderful highly intricate and colourful beads were loaded into galleons as ballast and exported to exotic places such as Africa mid 18th century ,where they were treasured for centuries, proudly displayed as a sign of rank and for personal ornamentation . Also used as a form of currency, exchange for commodities such as cocoa, coffee, ivory, gold, amongst other things.

Rare Large Venetian Antique 8 layered Eye Millefiori African Trade Bead Pendant


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: glass, metal, leather
  • Ships worldwide from Australia
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