Necklace - ROM2008_9785_1



Medium:Glass beads, string
Geography: North Africa
Date: collected before 1900
40.5 cm
Object number: 960.69.265
Credit Line: The Harris Collection, Gift of the Harris Family
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionUntil the arrival of the Portuguese on the West African coast in the 15th century, long-distance trade connecting Europe and sub-Saharan Africa was carried out by Arab merchants travelling along desert routes. Beads and textiles were among the most commonly traded items beginning in the Roman era. However, it is in the 18th and 19th centuries that the trade of Dutch and Venetian beads reached its peak. These were considered prized items among a number of African peoples and became an integral element of local art and aesthetics.
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