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Aggry beads (also spelled aggri beads or aggrey beads) are a type of decorated glass bead from Ghana, used by West Africans as ornaments in necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery. One bead can cost €15.
Aggry beads are also called Koli, Cori, Kor, Segi, Accori, or Ekeur.
They are often used for medicinal purposes, as it is believed that they have magical powers.
Beads were used for exchange and as a way of payment during trade in Africa. Europeans first collected aggry beads from the West Coast of Africa in the fifteenth century.
Sometimes millefiori beads are called "Aggrey", but this may be incorrect. It is possible that the original Aggry beads came from the Phoenicians, who used it as a means of trading along the coasts of Europa, Asia and Africa. G.Rawlinson Phoenicia, Londen 1889/2005 p. 283
- (G.Rawlinson Phoenicia, Londen 1889/2005 p.283)
- Africa and the discovery of America. Leo Wiener. 1922. Vol. II, Chap. 3: "Aggry Beads", pp. 237–248.
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