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African Copal Resin Beads: 9x12-26x48mm

Moon Bead Opalescent Trade Bead Old Big

Trade Bead | Moon Bead, wound opalescent | Made in Europe mid 1800s | Traders to West Africa in the 1800s and 1900s used these beads to acquire palm oil and other types of African produce. The beads were favored by the natives of Nigeria where they were used by Yoruban priests to decorate shrine sculptures such as the staff of orisa Oko. It was believed by Yoruban chiefs that moon beads represented wealth and status and that they possessed magical and therapeutic powers. | 350.00$