11 December 2003
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTION
SIX ROMAN MOSAIC GLASS BEADS
Possibly Egypt, Circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.
Including two spherical face beads, one yellow with a blue band containing five masks of Medusa, each with a white face, the details in red and black; and one red with a green band containing four female busts within red circles; and four spherical beads in green, blue, red, yellow, black and white, two with checkerboard patterns, and two with floral bands; together with a mosaic glass finger ring, the hoop in two parts, translucent green and flat on the interior, opaque olive green and rounded on the exterior, patterned with seven wide bands, each composed of multiple thin bands of opaque orange, yellow, black and white
5/8 in. (1.6 cm.) diameter (largest bead) (7)
Acquired by the current owner's family in the 1980s.
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