Selection of Roman Glass Beads

£ 15.00

A selection of Roman black glass beads of globular shape, featuring a flattened top and bottom and applied trail decoration zigzagging longitudinally on each. Both items feature a green glass trail.

NB: The price is per individual item.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Condition: Both 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.
£ 15.00
Choice of Item A B
Clear selection
Product Code: RES-46

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.

To learn more about Roman glass, visit our relevant post: How It Was Made: Roman Glass.

Dimensions W 1.5 cm
Choice of Item

A, B


Blown Glass


Southern Europe

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