Face Bead

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Object Name: 
Face Bead
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 0.5 cm, W: 1.2 cm, D: 1.2 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Jerome Strauss
Primary Description: 
White opaque, black opaque, red opaque, light green opaque, and yellow opaque glasses; rods of different colors drawn, broken into sections, assembled, fused, and drawn again to form complex canes; groups of canes assembled, fused, and draw; resultant cane broken into sections, ground, and polished; drilled. Bead: half of cube, with square upper and lower surfaces and four rectangular sides at right angles to them, and with drilled perforation running from side to side. Cane extends from upper to lower surface, so that both surfaces have identical decoration. At center, on green background, white head with black outline, shown frontally, with nose and eyebrows indicated by one continuous dark line, pointed oval eyes with black pupils, and red mouth; hair or headdress indicated by five vertical black lines alternating with four vertical white lines; and with black square above head, below chin, and at sides; green area is surrounded by checkerboard consisting of yellow squares, inside black squares, inside white squares, and with some red squares at edge.
Strauss, Jerome, Source
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1995-06-03 through 1995-10-22
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Three (2003) illustrated, pp. 45, 58-59, 217, #985; BIB# 58895