The Hutsuls are sheep-farming seminomads who live in the border regions between the Ukraine, Poland and Romania, with the largest part of this ethnic group belonging to the Ukraine. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century a number of them lived in Venice as soldiers or workers and bought necklaces for their wives left behind in the Carpathian Mountains, or they simply sold the beads on there.


  • Title: Bead necklaces
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 19th century
  • Location: Ukraine, at the time Austria–Hungary
  • Physical Dimensions: h58 cm
  • Type: Object
  • Medium: black and brown glass beads from Venice, appliquéd with multi­ coloured molten glass bugles and mica, metal clips
  • Inv.-No.: IIB40
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018719
  • External Link: Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Text: © Koehler & Amelang Verlag in der Seemann Henschel GmbH & Co. KG / Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / und die Autoren Photo: © Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

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