13 October 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 1,875
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,000
A ROMAN, BYZANTINE AND ISLAMIC MOSAIC GLASS BEAD NECKLACE
CIRCA 3RD-10TH CENTURY A.D. AND LATER
With 25 mainly spherical and cylindrical mosaic glass beads, most with a red ground decorated with yellow, blue, green and white zigzags, and two marvered 'crumb' beads, one of cylindrical shape with a black ground and crumbs of green, white and red glass, the other spherical, with red ground and blue, white, yellow, black and green crumbs, restrung
21 in. (53.2 cm.) long
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Cf. M. Spear et al., Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2001, pp. 115 and 129, nos 184-187 and 225-229, pls 14 and 18 for similar beads.
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