String of Roman Glass Beads
CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman Empire, probably from Roman Syria/Palestine.
DATE: 4th – 5th Century AD
DIMENSIONS: Maximum bead width or length 1.5 cm (0.6 in.).
DESCRIPTION: A string of 54 late Roman glass beads in various sizes, styles and colors, including ring, tubular, spherical and amuletic beads in light and dark blue, green, yellow, brown and black. All complete with some iridescence and minor weathering.
PROVENANCE: Bonhams. ANTIQUITIES,13 October, 2006, London, Sale # 14355, Lot # 274. Formerly the property of a private London owner inherited from her father who used to own an antique shop in London in the mid 1970s-80s. Also, Christie’s antiquities sale of October 30, 1989, Lot 45, the old Christies tag still attached.
PUBLISHED: Bonhams auction catalogue, ANTIQUITIES, 13 October, 2006, London, page 116.
REFERENCE(S): Ancient Glass from the Holy Land, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Israel Antiquities Authority, 1998, pages 1-3 for photos of the same types of beads found at Roman Castra, near Haifa.