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unknown Malian
Malian Primary

Spindle Whorl Bead

19th century - 20th century

1.18 in. (2.997 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2016.14.114
Geography: Africa, Mali
Culture/Nationality: Mali, West African, African
Collection: Jane Martin Collection

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  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • beads - Refers to small objects, of any shape or material, pierced so that they may be strung or hung or attached, as by sewing.
  • clay - Naturally occurring sediments that are produced by chemical actions resulting during the weathering of rocks. Clays are composed of hydrated aluminum silicates, such as Kaolinite, Illite, Palygorskite, Attapulgite, Bentonite, and Montmorillonite. Small amounts of other minerals can change the color (white, yellow, brown or red) and texture of the clays. Clays may include all earths that form a paste with water and harden when heated.
  • Malian - Style and culture of Mali in West Africa, either the ancient empire of the 13th and 14th centuries or of the modern republic founded in 1960.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

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Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "Kazaart Vintage African Art." (Accessed May 20, 2020):
  • "Alaaddins Magic Lamp." (Accessed May 20, 2020):

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  • "African Trade Beads." (Accessed May 20, 2020):

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