WILD BEADS OF AFRICA

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Billy Steinberg, Jamey D. Allen, Los Angeles, 2017.

Hardcover, 216 pp., 180 full-color plates, 11 x 10 x 1 inches.

This heavily illustrated volume is the first book dedicated to these nineteenth-century, African-made, old powderglass beads (often referred to as Bodom or akoso beads). Noted bead authority Jamey D. Allen offers new insights into the art and technology of powderglass beadmaking while also providing an extensive glossary of related bead history, manufacture, and classification. Stunning new photography by Fredrik Nilsen showcases one of the world’s premier bead collections, assembled by renowned songwriter Billy Steinberg.

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