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

BR1401

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.


Category: Beads, Glass, Under $1000

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