Venetian Beads, Venice, c.19th century. Crafted one by one, in the same way, there were produced in the past, bringing to life the tradition called by collectors and researchers “African trade beads”—lampwork craftsmanship made by Venetian perlera [lampwork beads maker] in our workshop. Murrines are layered over an ivory core [anima]. Bisanzio, the collection is named after Byzantine art for its particular pattern. It recalls the paternoster craftsmanship — paternostreri; these artisans were later called margariteri or perleri — specialised beads craftsman sellers of rosaries, beads, and necklaces. In the 16th century, the Venice beads’ production covered the whole market from Costantinopoli, Aleppo, to Tripoli to London and Lisbon.