A Roman millefiori Glass Bead, Egypt, Roman Period, ca. 1st Century CE
RJ2141Regular price $395 USD
Unlike most beads in which the decoration is applied over a solid color core bead, this millefiori glass bead is entirely made from a slab of millefiori cane slices fused together, wound around a rod, and formed into a ball. This technique results in considerable distortion of the original pattern. Each cane “flower” comprises alternating green and white petals around a center of yellow, and red. A lovely example!
Dimensions: Length: 3/8 inch (13 mm)
Condition: Surface wear to the body with both terminals showing signs of stringing. Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Greenwich, Connecticut private collection, acquired from Black Rock Galleries, reference number # 130236 (part).