Two mosaic glass beads

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Object: Two mosaic glass beads

Material: Polychrome opaque glass.

Period: Around the 1st century AD.
Roman Imperial period.

Description:    Two spherical beads made of mosaic glass. Both have elaborate and nice linear, polychrome decorations. The find spot has not been passed down. But there is the conjecture that such mosaic glass beads were made in workshops in Roman Egypt, or at least in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dimensions: 15mm and 22mm diameter.

Condition: Very good condition. The smaller bead professionally restored from two fragments. The large bead with a chip. Overall, however, wonderful impression and condition.

Provenance: Acquired by us on the British art market in 2022. Previously in a British private collection. Acquired into it at Christie's London auction 30 April 2008, lot 84. The beads were previously purchased in the 1980ies.

References: Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, acc. nos. 15.130.11 and 10.130.3249.

Literature: For an overview on ancient and antique beads we recommend L. Sherr Dubin, The History of Beads.

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.