Antique Ethiopian Mala/Worry Beads

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These beads were handmade in Ethiopia early to mid 20th century and were used as worry/prayer beads. Traditionally these are made by casting in halves and soldering them together in the middle, hence the seam on the beads. Each bead is hollow, making them very light weight. They're made from an unknown mixture of metals (often referred to as "pot metal"), most likely including copper, brass, tin, aluminum and others. This is common for beads coming out of Africa. We chose not to alter the patina-ed color, but it should be noted that these beads take a good polish with a polishing cloth.

You will receive the exact beads you see pictured here.

They are temporarily strung on their original cotton/fabric cord with a colorful tassel. Ultimately, they are meant to be taken apart and used in your jewelry.

Each bead is between 10-11mm hole to hole and 8-9mm in width. The cone measures 36mm hole to hole and 12mm at the widest point. The entire length measures at 29 inches.

These beads are indeed old pieces and their condition reflect that. Worn edges and weathering are a product of time and love...not defects.

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
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