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  • All fields: Glass
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    • Glass Sherds

    • Ancient Egypt
    • Unclassifiable Artifact - Artifact Remnant - Sherd
    • A variety of glass sherds from ancient Egypt during the Roman period dating from 63BC to 14AD. Glassmaking occurred as early as 2340 BC in Mesopotamia. These are fragments of vessels made in the millefiori technique that was devised to imitate the...
    • Glass Rods

    • Heron Glass
    • Personal Artifact - Personal Gear - Cane
    • Canes and cane slices from glass rods used to make beads. These canes were made by Mary Mullany and Ralph Mossman of Heron Glass in early 1994. The flower-like motifs shown in the slices are called "millefiori" which is Italian for 1000 flowers.
    • Artist Bead Necklace

    • Smircich, James
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • Contempory glass bead necklace in red, white and black made in 1993. James is a founding member of the ISGB (International Society of Glass Bead Makers) and an internationally celebrated teacher of glass bead making.
    • Naga Amulet Necklace

    • Naga Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • Nine metal pendants strung with 74 glass and shell beads ending with a square chank shell closure. Orange glass beads and chank shell beads form a backdrop for 9 brass and bronze amulet pendants. The amulets have raised circular designs and show...
    • Kond Necklace

    • Kond Tribe
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Necklace
    • A multi-strand necklace of red "whitehearts" alternating with sections of white glass beads. Each section is divided by 2 large brass bicone beads. Necklace is 42 in. long and 2 in. thick. "Whitehearts" are red glass beads with a white glass...
    • Folded Glass Bead

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • Folded glass beads like this are specific to the Islamic Period, 622 to 1400. The glass is actually folded over itself to form this type of bead. Usually you can see the fold line.
    • Indo-Pacific Necklace

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • Old Indo-Pacific glass beads and gold beads strung by a contemorary artist. Beads date to 1200 AD. Indo-Pacific beads are small monochrome glass beads made by the LADA technique. They were first made in India in 300 BC and subsequently in Sri...
    • Peruvian Necklace

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • Three "Nueva Cadiz" necklaces. Left: Mixture of mixed glass Nueva Cadiz beads, shell tubes and glass chevrons with a spindle whorl pendant. Center: A necklace of 28 blue glass Nueva Cadiz beads with a drop pendant. The pendant consists of a...
    • Ancient Glass Pendant

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • A pear-shaped Islamic black glass pendant with trailed white lines. The pendant hangs from a chain, which is not ancient. The bead dates from the Islamic Period 622 -1400.
    • Armband

    • Ifugao Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Armband
    • A man's armband made of multiple rows of glass seed beads and glass tubular trade beads. Worn by the Ifugao Tribe of the Philippine Islands.
    • Diviner's Pouch

    • Yoruba Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Personal Gear - Bag
    • Many strands of red glass seed beads, some whitehearts, with a woven beaded pouch at each end and coin dangles on the pouches. Coins are British West Africa one cent pieces dated 1938, 1941, 1942 and 1943. Beadwork is red and white. Whitehearts...
    • Artist Beads

    • Holland, Sage
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • An assemblage of contemporary glass beads by Sage Holland made in 1993. The top left bead and center bead are "eye beads". The evil eye is a belief that apparently developed around the Mediterranean area in Neolithic times. It holds that a...
    • Czech Glass Bead Strand

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Beads
    • A strand of 23 molded Czech glass melon beads in white, red, light blue and one yellow. They were probably made to imitate Indian agate beads.
    • Naga Ao Necklace

    • Naga Tribe
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Necklace
    • A Naga tribal necklace made of light blue wound glass beads, 2 large cylindrical pieces of white chank shell, black and white spotted glass beads and carnelian ovals alternating with long-stemed brass bells. Square chank shell pieces used for...
    • Mosaic Artist Beads

    • Kerkvliet, Brian
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Beads
    • Brian is famous for his mosaic face beads as seen in the center bead. He has been working with glass since 1977.
    • Ancient Egyptian Glass Bead

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Bead
    • An ancient glass bead, possibly from Egypt. It is a furnace-wound black tapered bead with red and white trailed design believed to be from the Islamic Period 622 - 1400.
    • Roman Period Bead

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Bead
    • A glass bead from the Roman Period, 63BC - 14AD, probably made in Egypt. It features a band of mosaic glass depicting a double wave of yellow and black.
    • Ancient Glass Disc Bead

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Bead
    • Green glass disc with three mosaic eye patterns from Egypt made in the Coptic tradition. Coptic refers to the Christian religion of the area. This bead probably dates from 63BC - 1400AD.
    • Folded Bead

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Bead
    • Folded glass beads lilke this are specific to the Islamic Period 622 - 1400. The glass is actually folded over itself to form this type of bead. Usually you can see the fold line.
    • Phoenician Head Pendant

    • Ancient, unknown artist
    • Personal Artifact - Adornment - Bead
    • A Phoenician glass head pendant. The Phoenicians represented a federation of maritime traders rather than a defined country from about 1500 BC to 300 BC. Most head pendants are bearded and, therefore, male. This type is always unbearded and may...

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