Dogon Egg Necklace
These gorgeous beads are Dutch Dogon Egg trade beads and they were traded among the Dogon people of Mali in West Africa during the spice trade. They were primarily traded in the 18th and 19th centuries, but Venetian bead makers started working in Amsterdam in the mid 1500's, so some beads can be quite old. The beads used In this necklace are likely from the 1700s - 1800's, but some could be older.
Dogon Egg beads were fashioned after the Dog people's creation myth. They believe that the universe and everything that exists came from an egg. These beads symbolize that egg and were extremely valuable to the Dogon people. They were often used as Dowry, and were passed on through generations of women.
Antique trade beads circa 1800-1850.
Hanging Length: 15" 1/2 "
Total length of necklace: 31" "
Width of largest bead: 1" 1/8 "