Asian Tribal Art - Melon Beads, China

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Yellow melon beads
China or Venice
Wound glass
Late 19th century
26" (66 cm) long as strung, 29 beads

These beads are found in Irian Jaya and used as bride price. From Robert Liu's book Collectable Beads, p 92, "Glass beads from Irian Jaya are most likely Chinese, although few such beads have ever been found in the People's Republic of China. These beads are supposedly used in bride purchases." The color in this photo is a little soft; the beads are actually more yellow.


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