Barrel-Shaped Bead

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Object Name: 
Barrel-Shaped Bead
Accession Number: 
64.1.13
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 3.1 cm; Rim Diam: 3 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 500-250 BC
Primary Description: 
Barrel-Shaped Bead. Opaque white glass matrix with composite eyes of opaque white and translucent deep blue glass along with monochrome prunts of turquoise and opaque yellow, trails of opaque yellow spirally wound with opaque white, turquoise and opaque red-brown, bubbly, pitted, thick milky-white weathering crust with patches of dark enamel weathering crust over entire bead; core-formed, trail-decorated and tooled. A large and long cylindrical white matrix bordered on each end and divided in half by three heavy yellow trails spirally wound with turquoise, red and white, within the two registers formed by these trails and left in high relief are a series of composite eyes, five in each register composed of a layer of white sandwiched between two layers of blue, the upper surface rounded to form a heavy prunt, each of these in turn separated from the next by a small prunt of either turquoise or yellow; horizontally pierced with a large suspension hole 6 mm. diameter.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
1966-01-04
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
For 30,000 years, mankind has crafted beads from natural materials. With the discovery of glassmaking in the second millennium B.C., glass began to be used for this same purpose. Glass beads are universal. They have been produced throughout the 35 centuries of glass manufacturing, and by nearly every culture in the world. The glass beads and beaded objects on view in this exhibition are arranged thematically, comparing the manner in which diverse cultures have utilized beads, frequently for the same purposes, but sometimes for unique reasons. These themes explore how glass beads adorn the body and our possessions; how they convey messages about power and wealth, and identify the stages of human life; how they serve ritual purposes, as well as decorate clothing and objects used in rituals; and how they have been employed across the centuries as a means of exchange, both commercial and cultural. Through the centuries, beads have been made using a variety of processes. Understanding how beads were made has allowed scholars to follow the transmission of beads and beadmaking techniques across the globe. Across time and around the world, glass beads have become a common element of mankind. Through their manufacture and function, they are one of the strings that bind humanity together. “Life on a String” celebrates this common bond while also revealing the distinctiveness of different societies through their use of glass beads to celebrate their unique cultural heritage.
More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Glass Beadmaking (2003) illustrated, p. 7, fig. 1; BIB# 76421
More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Glass Beadmaking (1999) illustrated, p. 7, fig. 1; BIB# 59888
The History of Beads: from 30,000 B.C. to the present (1998) illustrated, p. 19; BIB# 69265
The History of Beads: from 30,000 B.C. to the present (1998) illustrated, p. 19; BIB# 69265
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 112, #225, pl. 13; BIB# 29547