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'Heirloom Blue-Glass Melon Beads of the Tani Tribes, Northeast India', by Barbie Campbell Cole
The Tani tribes of Arunachal Pradesh in India's remote northeast wear various heirloom necklaces including those composed of highly distinctive melon-shaped beads of wound turquoise-blue glass. These are unique to central Arunachal and were already of considerable age and very highly prized in the early 19th century. The Tanis believe their beads were made by a mythical ancestor in Tibet, but their bubbly opaque blue glass and wound method of production suggest a Chinese origin. The beads have local names which appear to link them to Tsari, one of Tibet's most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For centuries, the hostile animist Tanis were bought off by the Tibetan government with ornaments and other gifts in return for not robbing the Tsari pilgrims. This article seeks to determine if the Tani melon beads were part of this Tsari "barbarian tribute," as well as where and when they were made, and why they were traded into this region of Northeast India and not elsewhere.

'In Memoriam: Roderick Sprague, 1933-2012', by Karlis Karklins

'Chemical Composition of 16th- to 18th-Century Glass Beads Excavated in Paris', by Laure Dussubieux and Bernard Gratuze

'A Classification System for Glass Beads for the Use of Field Archaeologists', by Kenneth E. Kidd and Martha Ann Kidd


'Guide to the Description and Classification of Glass Beads Found in the Americas', by Karlis Karklins


'A Wampum-Inlaid Musket from the 1690 Phips' Shipwreck', by Charles Bradley and Karlis Karklins

Book, video and dvd reviews in Volume 24:
The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Lois Sherr Dubin, and The Worldwide History of Beads, by Lois Sherr Dubin, reviewed by Margret Carey

Phoenix Rising: Narratives in Nyonya Beadwork from the Straits Settlements, by Hwei-Fe'n Cheah, reviewed by Alice Scherer

Journal: 'Borneo International Beads Conference 2010', Heidi Munan and Freya Martin (eds.), reviewed by Jean Nicholls

Journal: 'Borneo International Beads Conference 2011', Heidi Munan and Freya Martin (eds.), reviewed by Marjorie Bernbaum

African Dolls/Afrikanische Puppen: The Dulger-Collection, by Frank Jolles, reviewed by Marilee Wood

Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Historic Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, by Gerry Biron, reviewed by Richard Green

Munsell Bead Color Book, by Munsell Color, reviewed by Margret Carey

Beads from Briare, by Floor Kaspers, reviewed by Stefany Tomalin and Deborah Zinn.

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Description: Beads From Gablonz by Waltraud Neuwirth. Translated by Ann Dubsky. Reprint of 'Perlen aus Gablonz' by Waltraud Neuwirth, 1994 as Vol. 23, Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Gablonz in northern Bohemia (now Jablonec nad Nisou in the Czech Republic) was a major producer and supplier of glass and ceramic beads to the world market. This production center created beads of myriad forms, using all the major manufacturing methods. This detailed study provides a thorough overview of the various methods including patent details as well as information concerning bead names, shapes, coloring, decoration, sizing, stringing, and historic prices. The text is accompanied by numerous illustrations of the beads under discussion and the tools and apparatuses used to make, size, and string them. There is also a well-illustrated section on the pre-1913 sample cards of two major Gablonz companies, the Redlhammer Brothers and the Mahla Brothers.

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Description: 'Uncovering Southeast Asia's Past: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists'. Editors: Elisabeth A. Bacus, Ian C. Glover & Vincent C Pigott. 2006 NUS Press, Singapore.  New, with softback cover.

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Description:Published by the Picard Trade Bead Museum in California, USA, Vol. V of this series on Beads from the West African Trade focuses on chevron and Nueva Cadiz trade beads. The photography is quite beautiful, and the book has an introduction by Ruth & John Picard. This is a new copy but there is a slight tear on the back cover near the spine

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Description: Published by the Picard Trade Bead Museum in California, USA, Vol. V of this series on Beads from the West African Trade focuses firstly on the faceted beads of Bohemia (today part of Czechoslovakia), like Venice a great bead making centre of Europe, and in the second half of the book on fancy wound trade beads from Venice. The photography is quite beautiful, and the book has an introduction to faceted beads by Elizabeth Harris.

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Twenty Years of The Bead Forum: Newsletter of the Society of Bead Researchers (1982-2002), compiled by Karlis Karklins

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. Barbie Campbell Cole's article investigates the origins of the heirloom beads of the Kachin and Naga, particularly those known as 'khaji' or 'deo moni'. Published in Beads, the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Heirloom Beads of the Kachin and Naga by Barbie Campbell Cole
- Beads from the Great White Arabia - A Mid-19th-Century American Steamboat, by Karlis Karklins and David Henneberg
-Glass Beads from the Belbek IV Cemetery, Southwestern Crimea, by Ekaterina Stolyarova -
-'Red-on-White Drawn or Cornelian Beads: A 19th-Century Temporal Marker for the Plains by Ekaterina Stolyarova
- The Venetian Bead Story by Peter Francis Jn.

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- In Memoriam:  Mary Elizabeth Good, 1930-2007, by Marvin T. Smith
- World War I Turkish Prisoner-of-War Beadwork, by Jane A. Kimball
- Eighteenth-Century Glass Beads from the English Slaving Fort at Bunce Island, Sierra Leone, by Karlis Karklins
- An Archaeological Approach to Understanding the Meaning of Beads Using the Example of Korean National Treasure 634, A Bead from a 5th-6th-Century Royal Silla Tomb, by James W. Lankton and Marjorie Bernbaum
- Western Indian (Mewar) Chalcolithic Beads with Special Reference to Balathal, by Alok Kumar Kanungo, Virendra Nath Misra, and Vasant Shinde
- Chemical Composition of Late 18th- and 19th-Century Glass Beads from Western North America: Clues to Sourcing Beads, by Laurie E. Burgess and Laure Dussubieux

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Necklaces Used in the Santería of Cuba, by Lourdes S. Domínguez; translated by Jayson Rubio
- Die Perle: A 1920s German Trade Journal, by Anita von Kahler Gumpert and Karlis Karklins
- Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Manufacture of Drawn Glass Tubing for Glass Beads, by Lester A. Ross
- Elemental Analyses of North American Glass Trade Beads, by R.G.V. Hancock
- Thirteen-Hundred-Year-Old Bead Adornments from Baar, Canton Zug, Switzerland, by Katharina Müller; translated by Sandy Hämmerle

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Precious Red Coral: Markets and Meanings by Susan J. Torntore
- Bead Making at Murano and Venice, by B. Harvey Carroll, Jr. with Jamey D. Allen
- The Levin Catalogue of Mid-19th-Century Beads, by Karlis Karklins
- Incised Dentalium Shell Beads in the Plateau Culture Area, by Roderick Sprague

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Two Centuries of Iroquois Beadwork, by Dolores N. Elliott
- Beads in the Straits Settlements: Trade and Domestic Demand, 1827-1937, by Hwei-Fe'n Cheah
- Bohemian Faceted-Spheroidal Mold-Pressed Glass Bead Attributes, by Lester A. Ross
- Birds, Beasts, and Botanicals: Organic Beads and Pendants from the Amazon Basin, by Deborah G. Harding
- Early Upper Paleolithic Ornaments from Üçağizli Cave, Turkey, by Mary C. Stiner and Steven L. Kuhn

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- In Memoriam: Peter Francis, Jr., 1945-2002, by Karlis Karklins
- Beadwork of Hungary and Transylvania, by Robin Atkins
- A Brief Biography of Giovanni Giacomuzzi: Artist and Glassmaker, by Vincenzo Zanetti; translated by Lucy Segatti
- The Giacomuzzi Bead Sample Book and Folders, by Karlis Karklins
- Late Neolithic Amber Beads and Pendants from the Lake Lubans Wetlands, Latvia, by Ilze Biruta Loz

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Annamese Orders: Precious Metal, Tassels, and Beads, by John Sylvester, Jr.
- Stone Beads and Sealstones from the Mycenaean Tholos Tomb at Nichoria, Greece, by Nancy C. Wilkie
- Identifying Sources of Prehistoric Turquoise in North America, by Frances Joan Mathien
- Man-in-the-Moon Beads, by Michele Lorenzini and Karlis Karklins
- The Stone Bead Industry of Southern India, by Peter Francis, Jr.
- The Krobo and Bodom, by Kirk Stanfield

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Dressed to Kill: Jade Beads and Pendants in the Maya Lowlands, by David M. Pendergast
- Stone Beads and their Imitations, by Robert K. Liu
- Melanau Bead Culture: A Vanishing World?, by Heidi Munan
- A History of Gem Beadmaking in Idar-Oberstein, by Si Frazier, Ann Frazier, and Glenn Lehrer
- A Brief History of Drills and Drilling, by A. John Gwinnett and Leonard Gorelick
- Venetian Beads, by Frank Hird
- Progress and Problems in Recent Trade Bead Research, by Richard G. Conn

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Beads Among the Juang of India, by Alok Kumar Kanungo
- Akyem Te: The Technology and Socio-Cultural Setting of the Abompe Bauxite-Beadmaking Industry, Ghana, by Yaw Bredwa-Mensah
- Imitation Pearls in France, by Marie-José Opper and Howard Opper
- A Hoard of Stone Beads near Lake Chad, Nigeria, by Graham Connah
- Beads, Pendants and Buttons from Early Historic Creek Contexts at the Tarver Sites, Georgia, by Thomas J. Pluckhahn

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Prosperity, Reverence and Protection: An introduction to Asian Beadwork, by Valerie Hector
- Merovingian Beads on the Lower Rhine, by Frank Siegmund; translated by C.J. Bridger
- Social Status Gradations Expressed in the Beadwork Patterns of Sarawak's Orang Ulu, by Heidi Munan
- The Beads of Tenth- to Twelfth-Century Hungary, by Katalin Szilágyi; translated by Don Haines

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Description: 'BEADS' is the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. These back issues are also available from the JSBR website, but for those living in the UK & Europe, postage is probably cheaper from this site. The following articles are in this issue:

- Observations and Problems in Researching the Contemporary Glass-Bead Industry in Northern China, by Roderick Sprague
- Beadmaking in Islam: The African Trade and the Rise of Hebron, by Peter Francis, Jr.
- Trade Beads from Hudson's Bay Company Fort Vancouver (1829-1860), Vancouver, Washington, by Lester A. Ross
- Dominique Bussolin on the Glass-Bead Industry of Murano and Venice (1847), by Karlis Karklins with Carol F. Adams
- Perforated Prehistoric Ornaments of Curaçao and Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, by Jay B. Haviser

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Description: Barbie Campbell Cole's article investigates the ancient beads of Burma, particularly those known as 'pumtek', the heirloom beads of the Chin tribe. The article forms a chaper in Ornaments of the Past, published by the Bead Study Trust in 2003. Other chapters in the book are as follows:

    * Robert K. Liu - "Horace C. Beck & his influence on non-academic bead research & collecting"
    * Helen Hughes-Brock - "The Mycenaean Greeks, master bead-makers".
    * Kalliopi Nikita - "Mycenaean Beads: technology, forms and function".
    * Johann Callmer - "Scandinavian Beads, ca. AD 700 - 1100".
    * Torben Sode - "Viking Age glass beads from Ribe, Denmark".
    * St John Simpson - "Sasanian Beads".
    * Chris Robinson - "The nature of Celtic bead-making sites".
    * Ian Glover and Bérénice Bellina - "Alkaline etched beads in Southeast Asia".
    * Margret Carey - "Powder-glass beads in Africa".
    * John Haigh - "Present-day bead making in Ghana".
    * Barbie Campbell Cole - "Ancient hard stone beads and seals from Myanmar".

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