Chemical analysis of a unique black bead found in Turkey that depicts the four phases of the moon reveals it most likely originated in the Fichtelgebirge region of Bavaria at some time prior to the early 19th century.
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Stricker, Thomas; Karklins, Karlis; Mangus, Mark; and Watts, Thaddeus
"Sourcing a Unique Man-in-the-Moon Bead."
BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers
30: 60-62. Available at: