Gold Band Beads

  • Eastern Mediterranean of Italy
  • 1st century A.D.
Catalogue Entry

The green and translucent glass has stripes in its surface and the center has one red glass thread running through it. Gold flakes are imbedded beneath those lines. A hole was cut through the bead to allow for a cord, and the lower section is flat while the upper section is raised. This suggests that the bead was first shaped around a rod, then further formed in an open mold. This bead would have been used in jewelry.