BR1401

A Roman Millefiori Glass Bead, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st Century AD

A seven sided millefiori glass bead in white, red, yellow and blue with red and yellow caps.

Background:  Translated to "A thousand flowers" in Italian, millefiori refers to most common floral design patterns.  Millefiori beads (a mosaic glass), were made in ancient times and had numerous sections of patterned canes placed in close proximity parallel to one another, and heated to fuse together. The pad of millefiori glass was then rolled upon itself and shaped to form a bead. When Italians reinvented millefiori glass, they usually applied cane pieces to a separate base, often the beads core, and fused the parts together; this is one way ancient beads may be distinguished.

Dimensions: Length: 1 inch (2.54 cm)

Condition: Intact and in good condition overall.

Provenance: Private Brooklyn collection, acquired by descent, collected 1940s.

A Roman 1st century AD Glass Sherd set as a brooch $750 USD
Quick View

A Roman Republic silver denarius (ca. 151 BC) set as a pendant $950 USD
Quick View
A pair of Julia Domna Denarius (ca. 196 - 217 AD) set as earrings $1,750 USD
Quick View
A pair of Roman silver Julian II siliqua c. 360 - 363 AD set as earrings $1,500 USD
Quick View

A Roman Miniature Glass Juglet, Late Roman Period, 3rd - 5th century AD $650 USD
Quick View
A Roman Bronze Patera Handle, ca. 1st - 2nd century A.D. $2,950 USD
Quick View
A Roman Lead Sling Bullet, ca. 1st century AD with free display case. $125 USD
Quick View

Subscribe

Sign up today!