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10 Peruvian VEGETABLE IVORY TAGUA PENDANT BEADS Black

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10 Peruvian VEGETABLE IVORY TAGUA PENDANT BEADS Black
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Tagua (tahua, tawa) is the nut of a species of palm tree (Phytelephas macrocarpa) found throughout the north-west Amazon basin, which includes part of Peru. This palm has large pods which contain many smaller nuts that are easily cut and dyed. In their natural state, the nuts have the look of ivory, leading to the term "vegetable ivory" sometimes applied to them. The tagua palm is also called the ivory nut palm.

These ten tagua beads vary in shape and size, though most are roughly triangular, about 20 x 25 mm and 6 mm thick, with 2 mm holes that run through the long side. They remains of brown seed coats on some edges. The front faces are polished but the backs of some show cut marks or other imperfections. Those of this lot are dyed jet black.
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