Trade Bead Currency


11 x 14 Watercolor on Clayboard My fascination with trade beads began with a visit to a rendezvous. The modern day rendezvous is a reenactment of the early days of westward expansion in which trapper/traders and Native Americans traded goods and culture. In the initial stages, the trade was driven by luxury goods: beaver pelts for beads and metal goods. The objects of the trade were the currency. Strikingly framed in an antiqued gold shadowbox frame that reflects on the gem-like quality of the glass beads. Face of the frame is 1 1/2" wide and is 2" deep. Packaged well and insured.