SELECTION OF ROMAN GLASS BEADS
Measurements: 1-1.5 cm - width
Description: A selection of Roman black glass beads of globular shape, featuring a flattened top and bottom and applied trail decoration zigzagging longitudinally on each. Items A and D feature a green glass trail, whereas all the other items have a white trail.
Glass beads were first created 3500 years ago by the Egyptians, from whom the Romans learned the technique when they conquered Egypt in the first century BC. By the first century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass making, allowing the quantity of production to be increased, whilst its price be reduced. It also allowed new flexibility and artistic freedom, with glass now becoming a decorative luxury to rival pottery. Price is per individual item. Please e-mail the letter of you preferential glass bead before ordering. Item C has sold.
Period: 1st-3rdcentury AD
Condition: All beads are in fine condition, with minor scratching and chipping to the tops and bottoms from suspension. Item D has lost most of the trail of coloured glass.