Donkey Beads – vintage 1970’s Persian faience. Faience is the worlds oldest artificial substance – a non-clay based ceramic of quartz and sand used 5500 years ago in ancient Egypt. Each bead is made by hand. The bright blue color symbolizes the colors of the Nile. Faience was often a substitute for lapis lazuli and turquoise. Donkey beads are still being produced in the holy city of Qom, Iran.
Traditionally the donkey bead is a good luck symbol. It was placed around donkey’s necks to ward away evil spirits. In modern day it is still seen as a good luck charm.
Varies 18mm – 22mm