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Special Exhibition Beads in the World | Introduction

Introduction

Beads are used for many purposes, including decorations, accessories and rosaries. They are usually made either of glass, or stone or shell. However, a new world of art is created by the use of animal teeth and insect wings.

In this exhibition, the artistic features of products and accessories used in Japan and the rest of the world are introduced, by regarding beads as one of the masterpieces created by people all over the world.