Some Examples of Carved clay beads from Mali. These beads are at least 100 years old. | Although often collected and strung as beads today, these spindle whorls would have originally been used to help spin thread. Made of clay and stone and incised with geometric patterns, they are recognizable by their enlarged central hole. Recent excavations in the old city of Djenne, Mali, show whorls to have been used since at least 1000AD.
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