This is an African medicine man trade bead. Trade beads such as this originated in Venetian provenance and were transported by merchants and explorers for trade in Africa during the 18-20th century. It is thought that this type of bead must have had some sort of healing or protective quality to it, gaining the title of medicine man beads.
1.3 X 1.2 X 1.9
All measurements were taken in centimeters. Measurements are listed as “length by width by height” or “height by diameter” unless otherwise noted.
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The Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing: Historical Collection. (2018). "Trade Bead - 1" [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.molloy.edu/nur_hagan/957