Ship wreck beads from Sumba Island


This strand of 73 beads were made in China around the time of the Ming dynasty . We purchased these beads in small lots from fishermen and farmers in east Sumba island Indonesia .Sumba was known as the Sandlewood Island and the Chinese traded ceramics , gold and beads and other things for sandle wood and agar wood for at least the past 1000 years .  Believed to be from a chinese ship wreck that sunk off N/E Sumba these beads are found washed up and in farmers fields . Over many trips to Sumba buying ikat textiles i put together enough beads to make several necklaces . Beads range from 12 to 17 mm 

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