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10 Peruvian VEGETABLE IVORY TAGUA SLIP BEADS Turquoise

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10 Peruvian VEGETABLE IVORY TAGUA SLIP BEADS Turquoise
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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 were hand-cut in a thin, irregular shape we call "slip." They vary in shape in size, from about 20 x 25 mm to about 30 x 35 mm or larger. They are about 1 mm thick with the remains of brown seed coats on some edges. The front faces are polished but the backs of some show cut marks or other imperfections. The holes are about 1 mm in diameter, positioned more or less in the center of the shorter side. Those of this lot are dyed a green-blue shade of turquoise.
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