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Posted by: nishedha Post Reply
02/16/2012, 02:03:17

This group of beads was reportedly found in Gao (Mali).
They are large (maximum 24 mm)and although looking like horribly eroded faļence,their original melon shapes are still evident.
I would like to know whether anybody has seen similar beads (perhaps at Tucson?).
Any extra info?

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Posted by: nishedha Post Reply
02/16/2012, 02:08:04

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ceramic 'crater glaze'?
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Posted by: birdi Post Reply
02/18/2012, 11:37:50

Some art pottery glazes are formulated deliberately for this effect. They are usually called crater or lava glazes. These beads look like an unusually active variety.

Here's an article with crater glaze photos from Ceramics Monthly. Sorry the photo is so large.
http://www.haggertyceramics.com/Ceramics%20Monthly%20Article.htm

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Not seen them before
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Posted by: floorkasp Post Reply
02/17/2012, 10:33:53

However, my gut tells me there is something not right with them. Genuinely old faience beads, erode differently, is my experience. The big air bubbles do not seem to fit faience. This many, looking this much alike, but different from (many) other faience melon beads makes me suspicous.



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Thank you, Floor...
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Posted by: nishedha Post Reply
02/18/2012, 01:59:53

I was "horribly" suspicious of them as well -- or as bad?
Our peerless Jamey is of the same opinion.



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Good observation, Floor...
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Posted by: Will Post Reply
02/18/2012, 11:07:01

... it would be quite easy to fall for one of these beads on its own. But taken together, they're all too similar, and too obviously the product of some artificial "aging" process. What process, I wonder? And does anyone know where they are being produced?

As with many fakes, it's the greed of the seller - wanting to offload so many of them at the same time - that gives the game away.

Will



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