Ancient Roman Glass face bead

Description
Ancient Roman Glass face bead
c. 30 B.C. - 100 AD

Flat rectangular shaped Egyptian/Roman mosaic glass double face bead.

Very nice preserved. Face probaly form of a Gorgon


Size: 1,5 x 1 cm

Material: Glass

Period: c. 30 B.C. - 100 AD
Provenance: Paris auction, France private collection

Figural mosaic images on beads are among the most rare of ancient glass. Early Roman Egyptian face beads of approximately 100 B.C-A.D. 100 represent the most numerous of such ornaments, perhaps existing in the low thousands and were widely distributed through Europe and the Middle East, and are usually regarded as luxury goods. Recent finds place them in the Crimea, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Nubia, and Croatia (Sidebotham et al., 2015), as well as Hungary (Liu, pers. comm.). Their most common imagery displays full-frontal faces of Medusa as a Gorgon with stylized snakes as hair.



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Lot details
Culture
Ancient Roman
Material
Glass
Object
face bead
Century/ Timeframe
c. 30 B.C. - 100 AD
Condition
Good Condition, See Photo
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