Pendant with Head of Demon

Object Name: 
Pendant with Head of Demon

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Object Name: 
Pendant with Head of Demon
Accession Number: 
66.1.125
Dimensions: 
Overall W: 3.3 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
600-250 BC
Primary Description: 
Translucent deep blue glass, bubbly with pitted surface and patches of iridescent weathering film, applied opaque yellow and opaque white glass; core-formed with trailed and tooled decoration. Pendant bead in the shape of a demon head, triangular in general form, pincered and flattened horizontal beak, high arched yellow eyebrows frame bulging white eyes with deep blue centers, lower section framed with a trail of yellow; suspension loop on top.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Sangiorgi, Sergio, Source
1966
Sangiorgi, Giorgio, Former Collection
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. 110, #218, pl. 13; BIB# 29547