This gorgeous, heavily illustrated volume is the first book dedicated to these nineteenth-century, African-made, old powderglass beads (often referred to as Bodom or akoso beads). Noted bead authority Jamey D. Allen offers new insights into the art and technology of powderglass beadmaking while also providing an extensive glossary of related bead history, manufacture, and classification. Stunning new photography by Fredrik Nilsen showcases one of the world’s premier bead collections, assembled by renowned songwriter Billy Steinberg.
216 pages | 180 full-color plates | Hardcover
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"Wild Beads of Africa is a stunning new book about a rare category of old African powderglass beads, made by unique methods of glassworking. The impressive number of striking photographs show well what is probably the largest and most comprehensive, extant collection of such Bodom and akoso powderglass bead."
-Robert Liu, Ornament Magazine
"Wild Beads of Africa is unlike any bead book you have ever seen! The presentation and photography bring these beads to life in all their glorious details. Truly a must for bead lovers!"
- John and Ruth Picard