Phoenician Glass Head Bead

Culture: Phoenician
Period: 5th-3rd century B.C.
Material: Glass
Dimensions: 2.2 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 6528
Provenance: From an old French collection, auctioned with Digard, Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 24 November 2003, lot154. Thence in the collection H. A., Paris.
Condition: One green glass bead missing, otherwise intact and of fine quality.
Description: Exceptionally finely worked out, vertically perforated, cylindrical bead made of white, opaque glass with two inlaid faces on both sides. One face of yellow glass paste with a long nose and bulging lips. The eyes and brows of blue glass. The face is framed by yellow glass globules. The second face of olive-green glass paste, also with a long nose and bulging lips. Eyes and brows are again inlayed in blue. The face is framed by olive-green glass globules. See for this elaborately modelled head beads: M. Seefried “Les pendentifs en verre sur noyau des pays de la Méditerranée antique, Collection de l’École Française de Rome”, Rome 1982, Fig. 47/11.