History of Glass in Sub-Saharan Africa

History of Glass in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Due to various differences in cultural histories and environmental resources, Sub-Saharan nations developed glass traditions distinct from Egypt, North Africa and the rest of the world. The presence of glass in Sub-Saharan Africa mostly consists of the importation of glass beads shipped primarily from the Middle East and Indian as early as 200-300AD; later, from Portugal, the Netherlands, and Venice. As most African cultures have long histories of crafting and adornment with beads made from wood, bone and shell, the introduction of glass as a bead material was widely and rapidly received. The exchange of glass beads for local goods such as ivory, gold and slaves aided in the accumulation of wealth and creation of unequal power dynamics still apparent today. Archaeological evidence, primarily from various burial sites from the West and costal port cities in the East, confirm the import of hundreds of thousands of glass beads. These assemblages boast rich varieties in shape, colour, texture and patterning. While most Sub-Saharan glass was imported as pre-formed beads, there is evidence of the importation of glass fragments and ingots to be used in local beadmaking practices.show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 227g
  • Flu Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135893882
  • 9786135893885