Barrel-Shaped Eye Bead

Object Name: 
Barrel-Shaped Eye Bead

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Object Name: 
Barrel-Shaped Eye Bead
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 3.1 cm; Rim Diam: 3 cm
Not on Display
about 500-300 BCE
Primary Description: 
Barrel-Shaped Eye Bead. Opaque white glass matrix with composite eyes of opaque white and translucent deep blue glass along with monochrome prunts of turquoise and opaque yellow, trails of opaque yellow spirally wound with opaque white, turquoise and opaque red-brown, bubbly, pitted, thick milky-white weathering crust with patches of dark enamel weathering crust over entire bead; formed on a rod, trail-decorated, and tooled. A large and long cylindrical white matrix bordered on each end and divided in half by three heavy yellow trails spirally wound with turquoise, red and white, within the two registers formed by these trails and left in high relief are a series of composite eyes, five in each register composed of a layer of white sandwiched between two layers of blue, the upper surface rounded to form a heavy prunt, each of these in turn separated from the next by a small prunt of either turquoise or yellow; horizontally pierced with a large suspension hole 6 mm. diameter.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Past | Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 2022-05-15 through 2023-01-08
Past | Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass is an exhibition of glass objects with rich stories presented in ways that allow visitors to share their perspectives on what they are seeing as they tour the exhibition. The exhibition explores how objects can reveal stories about people across time and place, providing connections to the past, meaning in the present, and even ways to consider the future. More than 10 distinct vignettes will investigate how the Museum can broaden voices and narrative in our galleries. Generally, labels that accompany objects in museum galleries are written by museum curators and educators—and often focus on just one of an almost infinite number of possible stories and meanings. In this exhibition, objects—either alone or as a group—and their stories provide an entry point for further conversation.  Exhibition visitors will be introduced to the idea that the stories objects tell are always evolving. In fact, it is happening around them in the exhibition space. Visitors will be able to share their thoughts and add their ideas to the exhibition.
Corning Museum of Glass 2013-05-18 through 2014-01-05
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.
Il Vetro a Lume = Lampworking (2018) illustrated, v. 1, p. 16 (fig. 2);
More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Glass Beadmaking (2003) illustrated, p. 7, fig. 1; BIB# 76421
More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Glass Beadmaking (1999) illustrated, p. 7, fig. 1; BIB# 59888
The History of Beads: from 30,000 B.C. to the present (1998) illustrated, p. 19; BIB# 69265
The History of Beads: from 30,000 B.C. to the present (1998) illustrated, p. 19; BIB# 69265
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 112, #225, pl. 13; BIB# 29547