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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    String of beads; made of glass; four long blue glass beads, two strung on red cotton, two strung on white cotton; red and white cotton tied together to make circle.

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 22 centimetres
    • Width: 1.5 centimetres (widest bead)
  • Curator's comments

    Register 1956:
    a-d Glass tubular beads, four, of rough workmanship, opaque bluish colour, two of them broken.

    See Ethdoc 140 - Letter fromto C Partridge, 2.8.1937, from Adrian Digby, annotated by WBF (W B Fagg) ' ..these are almost certainly ancient Ife beads, excavated (e.g. from the Olokun grove) and kept as heirlooms by chiefs.' 'they were collected by him [the owner] between 1901 and 1915, he had forgotten where.'

    Digby states '..your beads are similar in character to the glass work made by the Nupe of Bida, and they are not necessartily of any great antiquity...'


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    1 bead (a) broken into three pieces; 1 bead (d) broken into four pieces.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    A collection made in Nigeria during Charles Partridges Government Service 1901-1918.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number



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