Africa | Beaded necklace "odigba ifa" from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Glass beads, fabric | ca. prior to 1974 | the "ide odigba ileke" belongs to diviners and marks them as important leaders who are comparable to rulers. Going back to the legend of "orunmila" who was the closest friend of King Odudua and by wearing his "ide odigba ileke" he proved that he too was a respected man in the community. | Est. 600 - 900€
String of Roman Mosaic Glass & Rock Crystal Beads, circa century CE. The glass beads are decorated with faces or busts, either four or five to each bead, & sometimes separated by geometric or floral designs.