Antique "African amber" or phenolic resin barrel shaped bead from East Africa. AAB303A

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Along with chevron and millefiori beads, African amber are among the most valued beads from the African trade and have been for the last 100 years. This synthetic amber imported into Africa primarily during the 19 th century through Mali, Mauritania, morocco and the Sudan. They were handed down through generations and have been beautifly repaired with brass, copper and silver wire
East Africa: Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt preferred cylindrical shapes, sometimes with rounded edges.
Mali and the Berbers of Morocco preferred oblate or almost round shape.
Mauritania preferred the distinctive diamond shapes, sometimes double drilled and carved.
The fine black cracks are consistent to old age and add to their desirability.

Intriguing German made phenolic resin also known as "African amber" bead. These amber imitations were manufactured In Germany and Prussia. The phenolic resins also called misketa, faturan, they may have been made with varying quantities of amber, resins, mastic gum Bakelite and/ or rosins. Faturan, a phenolic resin, made in Hamburg and became obsolete by the 1940's due to WWII. genuine faturan beads were mainly red or yellow. I've seen beads like these called copal. They are not. Copal is immature amber....thousands of years old instead of millions of years old.

Barrel shape bead that is a typically shape found in east Africa.

24 mm by 19 mm
Hole: 3.7 mm
Weight: 7.92 g


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