An exhibited Roman Carnelian Bead set as a pendant, ca. 3rd - 4th century CE


$550 USD

A barrel-shaped hexagonal carnelian bead that the ancients believed was endowed with magical powers; it caused the blood to circulate smoothly throughout the body, made the skin healthy and youthful, and was capable of warding off evil.

ExhibitedSmithsonian Institution, Washington D.C with Smithsonian accession number 309226 in black pigment on the back.

Dimensions: Bead length: 1.9 cm (0.74 inches). Strung on an 18-inch silver chain.

Condition: With several losses to the surface, overall intact.

Provenance: Forming part of the Lenman/Stohlman collection assembled by the Washington D.C. socialite Miss Isobel H. Lenman (1845 - 1931), in the early 1900’s. Loaned and accessioned by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., between 1916 and 1921 where it was exhibited until her death in 1931. Thereafter, the collection was returned to her heirs and sold around 1937 to Dr. Martin Stohlman, remaining with the Stohlman family until 2011.