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
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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- Ancient Roman
- face bead
- Century/ Timeframe
- c. 30 B.C. - 100 AD
- Good Condition, See Photo