Trade Bead Encrustation Physical Object

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Creation Date
circa 1700
Various color beads unsorted in clay matrix (see also 1986.008.1266a--e, g--i). One lead round shot (musket ball 1994.004.0003) found in this clay matrix.
Beads were a staple trade good of Europeans in Africa as well as in the Americas. These beads would be traded for slaves in Africa where they were highly desirable symbols of wealth and prestige.