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Ancient African terracotta Spindle whorl bead Mali AA-72

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Seller: bendantiques (14,474) 99.8%, Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, Ships to: US, Item: 231905043859 Details: Old terracotta spindles whorl from the Djoboro and Timbuktu regions of the inland Niger Delta in Mali, Africa.This one is measuring 2.27cm x 1.7cm AA-72 Additional information: These come from ancient Mopti-Djenne (Niger and Bani River area). Reports coming from the 1300s say that one could not speak in a normal tone due to the noise of the weavers' looms at Djenne during the time of the great King Sundjata. There are written comments dating to the early 1400s about Djenne and the great number of weavers there. Although often collected and strung as beads, these were originally spindle whorls used to help spin thread. Made of clay and stone and incised with geometrical patterns, they are recognizable by their enlarged central hole. Recent excavation in the old city of Jenne-Jeno, near the modern town of Jenne, show these whorls to have been used at least since AD 1000. (See BEADS OF THE WORLD-Peter Francis and BEADS, An EXPLORATION OF BEAD TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD, by Coles and Budwig.) email with questionsput me on your favorite sellers page PAYMENT & SHIPPING Payment is due within 7 days of auction completion. We strive to ship same day and 90% of our sales ship the same day payment is received. However, we do not work on the holidays or weekends so on occasion we will ship within a few days at the most. Please don`t forget to leave positive feedback and five star rating. Our system leaves feedback automatically when we receive feedback. We strive to make every transaction a 5 star rating for both of us! Shipping is done via USPS. All items have tracking numbers which are emailed to customer. Any item valued $250 and up will have a USPS signature confirmation at no extra charge. If you would like to add insurance, please request as it is no longer an option through Ebay check out I am happy to discount shipping on multiple purchases made in the same auction week. Please wait for me to invoice you with the discount after auction ends. If you make payment, we will refund the difference. Shipping to AK, HI, PR, APO/FPO takes a little longer to arrive. Please do not give negative feedback or claim item has not arrived due to the post office delay Questions are usually answered within 24 hours, so please contact us with any questions or problems. We strive to resolve all questions/issues. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS Shipping Cost tend to be a little higher than US shipping costs for items. Any item $76 dollars and up is shipped registered, insured and usually runs about 17-20 dollars depending on price and weight of item. Import duties, taxes, and charges (typically collected upon delivery or pickup) are the buyer's responsibility and are not included in the item price or shipping charges. Please check with your country's customs office prior to bidding/buying to determine what these additional costs will be. We claim the value of the package by the ending item price. I cannot claim your item as a gift to avoid customs fees, as it is against the law. International usually takes up to 3 to 6 weeks to arrive so please don't file negative feedback because of the Post Office or Customs delay! RETURN POLICY Returns are accepted up to 14 days after the auction end. Please ask all questions prior to bidding. Almost all of my pieces are handmade, so they will not be perfect. Vintage and used pieces will have some wear to them. I will point out any damage that I see. We strive to describe everything correctly but occasionally we might miss a measurement or blemish so please look at all the pictures carefully. LEGAL TERMS OF SALE We try our very best to represent my items as accurately as possible. Items are guaranteed as described. Please read whole description and look at pictures carefully as they are considered part of the description. Interpretation of condition and measurements are buyer’s responsibility. Colors may not always be exact, Cameras will sometimes slightly alter the color of items and it may not match the picture exactly-that is not misrepresentation. Antiques and Collectibles are guaranteed to be authentic. If an item is improperly described it would not be intentional. We are aware that mistakes do happen and want you to be happy as your satisfaction and shopping experience is important to us. We will refund any misrepresented item. By confirming bid, you are confirming you have read all of the terms listed above and understand them. Thank you. bendantiques Store On May-07-13 at 01:46:14 PDT, seller added the following information: FREE! Sellers: Add a FREE map to your listings. FREE!

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