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African Trompe l'Oeil Reading Glasses

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Description

Islamic glass beads were traded in Africa as early as the ninth century, and European glass beads were introduced in the fifteenth century. Our striking frame design was developed from a richly beaded garment in the Museums collection made in the early twentieth century by the Mbukushu or Yei peoples of Angola, Namibia, or Botswana.

Available in strengths +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.0. Optical quality frames (an optician can replace these lenses with most prescription lenses). Cellulose propionate. Bridge width: 18mm; frame width: 140mm; temple length: 150mm.

  • Available in strengths +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.0
  • Optical quality frames (an optician can replace these lenses with most prescription lenses)
  • Cellulose propionate
  • Bridge width: 18mm; frame width: 140mm; temple length: 150mm

Art History

Africa has maintained a rich tradition of beadwork for millennia. In southern Africa, beads were produced from ostrich eggshells as long as 15,000 years ago, while archaeological research indicates that glass beads were produced in antiquity.

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Description

Islamic glass beads were traded in Africa as early as the ninth century, and European glass beads were introduced in the fifteenth century. Our striking frame design was developed from a richly beaded garment in the Museums collection made in the early twentieth century by the Mbukushu or Yei peoples of Angola, Namibia, or Botswana.

Available in strengths +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.0. Optical quality frames (an optician can replace these lenses with most prescription lenses). Cellulose propionate. Bridge width: 18mm; frame width: 140mm; temple length: 150mm.





  • Available in strengths +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.0
  • Optical quality frames (an optician can replace these lenses with most prescription lenses)
  • Cellulose propionate
  • Bridge width: 18mm; frame width: 140mm; temple length: 150mm




Art History

Africa has maintained a rich tradition of beadwork for millennia. In southern Africa, beads were produced from ostrich eggshells as long as 15,000 years ago, while archaeological research indicates that glass beads were produced in antiquity.


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