In fine condition. These trade ethnic beads are worn by seminomadic Fulani women in Nigeria as a sign of status. The white agate beads have been made by one of the earliest techniques: once shaped, they are polished on a wetted stone and drilled by hand. Such beads were originally brought to Africa from India via caravan routes across the Sahara, and later were made locally.

The beads are from different periods, from the 18th century and older. Often these beads are very worn but these have kept their condition well.
length 68cms

Nigerian white banded agate beads, antique.