Very old BAUXITE hand-cut BARREL BEAD from Africa, African bauxite bead 1 1/8" long, tribal bead ceremonial ancient traditon natural stone!
NATURAL BAUXITE STONE BEAD
A Bauxite bead for a necklace, bracelet or other. As a focal bead or mixed in. I'm selling this bead individually since it seems older than the rest of my bauxite beads and has a special look from use. It is very dark, probably from body oils, and worn to a smooth surface. The corners are even rounded off.
I bought it at a Paris street market from a man who had come up from Africa with bags of beads of various types, and all were loose beads. It measures 1 1/8" x 1/2" (slight bit less than 1/2").
The Bauxite stone bead is a clay-like iron ore that has been cut and drilled and polished by hand. The bead could be from the early 1900s or earlier. In Ghana, bauxite beads are worn for healing.
USPS 1st Class, 3.00 to mainland US. FREE shipping with another item/s.