Gold Band Bead

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Object Name: 
Gold Band Bead
Accession Number: 
76.1.24
Dimensions: 
Overall L: 3.3 cm, Diam: 1.6 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
75 BC-25 AD
Credit Line: 
Gift of Carl Berkowitz and Derek Content
Primary Description: 
Gold Band Bead. Bands of translucent deep blue, emerald-green, and amethyst glass with bands of opaque white and colorless bands casing gold foil, dull and badly chipped at both ends; mosaic or gold glass technique, polished and drilled. Biconical shape design consists of two groups divided by gold bands, the first an opaque white band between two amethyst, then a wide green, followed by opaque white between two deep blue followed by green and amethyst; the second group is an opaque white between two amethyst, then opaque white between blue followed by opaque white between amethyst then green and opaque white between blue; bands run longitudinally having been moved into a zig-zag pattern in places.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Smith, Ray Winfield, Former Collection
Berkowitz, Carl, Source
1976-01-01
Content, Derek, Source
1976-01-01
Category: 
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.
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 208, #586, pl. 29; BIB# 29547