Indian Modern Glass Beads
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
@ £3 each

29 x 14 mm
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28 x 13 mm
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27 x 13 mm
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27 x 13 mm
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27 x 14 mm
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26 x 11 mm
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28 x 13 mm
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24 x 12 mm
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27 x 12 mm
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27 x 13 mm
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27 x 12 mm
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29 x 12 mm
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Various high gloss finish barrel shapes with an assortment of patterns @ £3 each

23 x 20 mm
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22 x 19 mm
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22 x 17 mm
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24 x 17 mm
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26 x 18 mm
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25 x 16 mm
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23 x 16 mm
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24 x 14 mm
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20 x 17 mm
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20 x 16 mm
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20 x 15 mm
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20 x 15 mm
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A further selection of Indian Modern Glass Beads - including those shown below -
can be found on our sister Website by clicking this banner link

Millefiore rounded plaques

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

Eye beads with raised decoration - found in Burkina Faso

14 x 12 mm

11 x 14 mm

13 x 14 mm

12 x 15 mm

12 x 15 mm

12 x 15 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

   Key: Measurements in mm ( width along hole x diameter )  ** = with aventurine
 
Shape: b = barrel     bic = bicone    cyl = cylinder  c = small chip e = early production
           e = ellipsoid    sp = spherical   ta = tabular  
V = variable pattern style

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