Conde Tiemoko wearing a large gold bicone bead in Bamako, Mali.
“Among the finest gold ornaments of the Sahel are the Peul earrings worn in the Mopti, Jenne and Macina regions of Mali.
Gold bicone beads are often profusely adorned with granulation, a technique in which tiny granules of gold are attached to produce a rich, shimmering effect.”
[Garrard T., 1989: Gold of Africa, Prestel].
Photo by Eliot Elisofon in 1959.