Ancient Terracotta Beads Mali Fish Net Weights (19th-20th century)
Ancient clay beads excavated in Mali, Africa. These are incredible and very large beads. They were primarily used as fish net weighs. They were made of buff-colored clay and worn by women as valuable jewelry and are said to have the charm to attract men.
The beads (and photos) are from the collection of Africa Direct. Please have a look at their other pieces.