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|Personal adornments in West‑Central Africa—the case study of a talc bead from the Kongo Kingdom (Mbanza Kongo, Angola)
Lopes, Maria da Conceição
de Jesus, Maria da Piedade
da Silva Domingos, Sónia
|Costa, M., Barrulas, P., Lopes, M.d.C. et al. Personal adornments in West-Central Africa—the case study of a talc bead from the Kongo Kingdom (Mbanza Kongo, Angola). Archaeol Anthropol Sci 15, 22 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-023-01723-6
|A mustard-gold-colored talc bead was recovered during the 2014 excavation campaign carried out in Lumbu (Mbanza Kongo,
Angola) together with the nineteenth-century glass trade beads imported from Bohemia and Venice. Results from this multianalytical
and minimally invasive study suggest that this bead may have been brought to the kingdom’s capital by means of an
established intra-kingdom trade network or as an offering intended for the king or a member of the nobility. However, it was
undoubtedly manufactured within the Kongo kingdom using talc sources known by the local population. As such, this talc
bead constitutes the first evidence of local production of personal adornment objects in the Kongo kingdom and one of the
first examples of craft specialization for personal adornment purposes in central and southern Africa since pre-historic times.
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