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Aggry, aggri

(Oxford English Dictionary) word of unknown origin and meaning applied to coloured and variegated glass beads of ancient manufacture found buried in the ground in Africa

Lawrence, A. W. Trade Castles and Forts of West Africa, London, 1963 (notes)     see also Lawrence, Fortified Trade Posts  

Imports included the aggrey beads of parti-coloured stone ('coral') from Cameroons

Fynn, J.K., Asante and Its Neighbours, 1700-1807, Longman 1971

blue beads called coris from Benin (blue, green and black stones)


(not found in Oxford English Dictionary)

Astley, Thomas, A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol II, London, 1745

Contrebrode is a sort of glass beads of different sizes made at Venice and so called for their being striped with different colours on a white or black ground. The Negroes use them to tie about their childrens waist till they arrive at a certain age.

Coral and beads serve them for bracelets, necklaces and other ornaments and are in constant demand.