5 Composite Eye Beads

Object Name: 
5 Composite Eye Beads

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Object Name: 
5 Composite Eye Beads
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600-250 BCE
Primary Description: 
Translucent deep blue, bluish-green, turquoise, opaque white and opaque yellow glass, mostly dull surface, some pitting; formed on a wire or core, trail-decorated, tooled. (I) Squared cylindrical bead, blue matrix, large flat sides, composite eye with a blue center on yellow in a white ground surrounded by dots or prunts of alternating white and yellow left in high relief; pierced with a large hole 7 mm. in diameter. (II) Small cylindrical bead related to (I) in deep blue matrix three simple eyes with deep blue centers in white highlighted above and below with a prunt of yellow, the space between each eye highlighted by a prunt of white above and below. (III) Short barrel-shaped disc of turquoise glass, four composite eyes with blue center alternating with white five times, the spaces in-between highlighted above and below by yellow prunts left in high relief. (IV,V) Irregular barrel-shaped beads of bluish-green glass, three applied eyes with red in a yellow cane left in relief on the surface.
Kouchakji, Fahim (b. Syria, 1886-1976), Source
Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead (2013) illustrated, p. 8; BIB# AI94015
The History of Beads: from 30,000 B.C. to the present (1998) illustrated, p. 107; BIB# 69265
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 116-117, #242, 244-247, pl. 9; BIB# 29547