Indian Modern Glass Beads - Picture Collection 120
One of the earliest of all commercial bead producing nations .. Indian modern beads continue to be found all over the world .. an amalgamation of styles, shapes, patterns and colours of most types of bead in existence since ancient times.
Colourful, sometimes garish, but interesting .. the beads on the following pages are some of the samples we have collected on our journeys in West Africa.
Offered both for sale and as reference pictures for collectors to compare them against the  antique and ancient beads, of which most are aimed at emulating.
Increasingly better quality manufacturing and finishing is becoming very apparent.

March 2007 - Latest styles imported into Dakar in Sénégal and re-sold all over West Africa
These "Feather beads" lack a highly polished finish but display vivid colours when backlit.

29 x 14 mm

28 x 13 mm

27 x 13 mm

27 x 13 mm

27 x 14 mm

26 x 11 mm

28 x 13 mm

24 x 12 mm

27 x 12 mm

27 x 13 mm

27 x 12 mm

29 x 12

Various high gloss finish barrel shapes with an assortment of patterns

23 x 20 mm

22 x 19 mm

22 x 17 mm

24 x 17 mm

26 x 18 mm

25 x 16 mm

23 x 16 mm

24 x 14 mm

20 x 17 mm

20 x 16 mm

20 x 15 mm

20 x 15 mm

Millefiore rounded plaques -- Late 1900s

22 x 23 x 12 mm

22 x 23 x 12 mm

21 x 22 x 11 mm

21 x 22 x 11 mm

19 x 21 x 10 mm

Millefiore ovals

24 x 15 mm

24 x 15 mm

24 x 15 mm

22 x 14 mm

23 x 13 mm

Bicone "King bead" barrels and spheres

19x22 spherical

17 x 21 mm

16 x 19 mm

17 x 20 mm

15 x 19 mm

Millefiore bicone barrels from the 1980's     

21 x 20 mm

21 x 20 mm

22 x 20 mm

21 x 20 mm

21 x 21 mm

20 x 20 mm

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