Beaded Bottle with Stopper

Object Name: 
Beaded Bottle with Stopper

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Object Name: 
Beaded Bottle with Stopper
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
82.3.76
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 19.3 cm, W: 11.7 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1840-1860
Primary Description: 
Beaded Bottle with Stopper. Colorless (greenish) non-lead glass; blown; polychrome beadwork covering, knitted.. (a) Flattened, ovoid shape with short, straight neck with folded or molded rim; rounded body; slight kick on underside of base, with no apparent pontil mark; woven fabric covering with minute polychrome beads woven into the surface in an elaborate pattern of multi-colored birds, flowers and foliage against an opalescent white background: on one side, a parrot standing on a branch of foliage and flowers at the left, a peacock at the right; with band of stylized flowers and foliage below, panels of stylized foliage above; on the reverse, a wreath of stylized flowers and foliage, with a geometric ornament of four multi-colored, linked diamonds at the center and two panels of stylized foliage above; band of diamonds and triangles below the rim; attached multi-colored beaded rope with beaded fringes attached at either side; multi-colored beaded looped fringe at the bottom; the underside of the bottom covered with randomly-colored beads. (b) Pointed, domed finial, cylindrical shank; probably wood; top covered with beads in geometric pattern of diamonds and triangles; red, white and blue beaded looped fringe at the edge; net covering an underside of finial and shank.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Strasser, Rudolf von, Source
1982-12-27
Category: 
Material: 
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.