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February 7, 2018 - Dutch Beads

2018 February Dutch Beads


The minefield of African bead history is certainly a fascinating one. More so, when their origins are questionable, and sometimes contradicted by archaeological findings and ancient documents.

Antique Dogon Beads are distinguished by a rough texture; chunky, rotund characteristics. Dogons found their way to Mali in the 19th Century aboard merchant ships. Prior to this, they were manufactured in Amsterdam exclusively for decorative use in mosaic gardens in the Zaanstreek District of the city. Spurred by an increased demand for Trade Beads by tribes in Africa, glass-makers began producing the small donut beads in far greater quantities for use as a medium of exchange. Historical records show that the vast majority of Dogon Beads manufactured for export ended up in either Mali, or along the Gold Coast; exchanged with local tribal leaders for favors, slaves, furs and exotic spices.

Again, we thank Unique African Arts (uniqueafricanarts.com) for use of their Dogon Bead images.

Wednesday February 7, 2018 - 7PM
Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City
In the Rotunda Room

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Veterans Memorial Building

4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City

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