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    Ancient Mali Granite Stone Beads

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    These unusual stone beads are said to be hundreds of years old. Each bead has been individually shaped from granite stone and arranged nicely as a ...

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    Dark Silver Mali Bicone Beads (26x20mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 26 x 20mm, with a hole size of 6mm. Strands measures about...

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    Ancient Quartz & Rock Crystal Round Stone Beads

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    These unusual beads have been individually hewn from solid stone. The variation in the natural mineral is visible in the varied tones of the beads....

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    Ancient Mali Granite Stone Beads

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    Ancient Mali Stone Tube Beads

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    These unusual tube beads are said to have considerable age and are handmade from natural stone. Old beads such as these are sometimes found by farm...

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    Fired Mali Clay Bicone Beads

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    Take a look at this exceptional strand of black colored terracotta beads from Mali. Beautifully hand crafted, each bead may show slight variation i...

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    Ancient Mali Granite Stone Beads

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    These old stone beads are both colorful and unusual. Natural stone was among the earliest materials used by ancient cultures to make beads for pers...

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    Copper Mali Bicone Beads (15mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 15-16 x 14-15mm, with a hole size of 2mm. Strands measure ...

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    Jumbo Silver Mali Bicone Beads (26x20mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 26 x 19-20mm, with a hole size of 6mm. Strands measure 24"...

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    Ebony Mali Prayer Beads (6x11mm)

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    Great strand of prayer beads from Mali. These ebony wood beads have been individually inlaid with metal around the border. Each strand may show som...

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    Patterned Tuareg Brass Tube Beads (42x5mm)

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    These authentic brass tube beads were made in a traditional design by the Tuareg people of Malli. The Tuareg tribe inhabits a wide swathe of desert...

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    Ebony Mali Prayer Beads (8x13mm)

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    Great strand of prayer beads from Mali. These ebony wood beads have been individually inlaid with metal around the border. Each strand may show som...

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    Yellow Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads

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    These ancient glass beads are said to be hundreds of years old (1200 - 1600 A.D. approximately) and are also known as Fouille beads by African trad...

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    Blue & White Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    Old Large Mali Clay Spindle Beads

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    This beautiful strand of Mali Spindle Whorl beads is handmade with clay and individually inscribed. It is made by the Dogon tribe of Mali. Each str...

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    Vintage Triangle Mali Wedding Beads (29x35mm)

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    Among the more distinct of the African Trade Beads, Mali Wedding Beads are characterized by their colorful hues and unique patterns. Beads such as ...

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    Old Irregular-shaped Mali Clay Spindle Beads (33x28mm)

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    Admire these exceptional Mali Clay Spindle Beads. These beads derive their name from their use as a part of the traditional tool used by the people...

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    Teardrop Black Mali Clay Beads (34x26mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of black colored terracotta beads from Mali. Beautifully hand crafted, each bead may show slight variation in size...

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    Vintage Mali Resin Beads

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    This unusual strand of resin beads was found in Mali West Africa however it's original provenance is shrouded in mystery. Beads such as these were ...

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    Mali Brass Bicone Beads (Long Strand)(15x19mm)

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    This beautiful strand of brass saucer-shaped beads was made in Mali West Africa. Beads such these are said to be made by melting old silver coins o...

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    Mali Brass Bicone Beads (12x15mm)

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    Here is a beautiful strand of versatile Mali Metal Beads from Africa. The strand is approximately 24-26" long, with beads measuring 12mm wide by 15...

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    Black Terracotta Mali Clay Round Beads (16mm)

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    Amazing strand of natural color terracotta beads. Beautifully handcrafted, each of these unusual bead may show slight variation in size and pattern...

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    Multicolor Bohemian Colodonte Beads

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    Colodonte is a type of bohemian glass. This strand measures approximately 25" long, with beads measuring 14-16mm in length and 11-14mm in diameter....

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    Round Ebony Wood Beads (Long Strand)

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    This strand of natural wooden beads is hand-carved from genuine ebony, pruned from aged trees in the Malian countryside. Beads range in size on eac...

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Mali is home to many exotic bead markets. Below are African beads from Mali. A large variety of trade beads are found in the West African nation of Mali. These include Wedding Beads, Clay Beads, Stone Beads, Brass Beads, Vaseline Beads, Dogon Beads and many other styles. Some of these beads are produced locally and others were brought to Mali through foreign trade. A number of sub-Saharan ethnic groups make up the population of Mali including the Bambara, Soninke, Khassonke, Malinke, Dogon, and a number of smaller groups.

Mali Wedding Beads are especially well known due to their unique and colorful appearance. These beads can actually be as much as a century old and most were originally brought to Africa for trade from Czechoslovakia however newer varieties also exist. Mali Wedding beads come in a number of different designs including tear-drop and triangle shapes and are multi-colored even within a single strand. Traditionally, these beads are given as a wedding gift and this where they derive their name.

Similarly Vaseline beads were traded in Mali as early as the 19th century when they were imported from European regions such as Bohemia and Czech. These are made of semi-translucent glass and come in a number of colors including green and yellow. Some colors are more rare than others.

Quartz and stones beads of ancient origin have also been excavated in Mali West Africa. For example, one variety of quartz beads was found near Djenne, a city in Mali. Other beads may be made of Carnelian, Amazonite, Granite Jasper, or Agate. Some of these beads traveled to Mali during ancient times along Roman trade routes. The Mali Empire reached its zenith in the 14th century when the cities of Djenne and Timbuktu were major centers of learning and trade in gold, salt and slaves were a major source of wealth.