Eye Bead

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Object Name: 
Eye Bead
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
51.6.572
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 1.4 cm, Diam (max): 1.4 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
399-300 BCE
Primary Description: 
Eye Bead. Opaque turquoise-blue glass; formed on a rod, trail-decorated. Very thinly stratified decoration of light opaque white discs of varying sizes, upon each of which is superimposed a brownish disc bearing, further, seven small superimposed opaque white "eyes" with dark centers; at one bore end the edges of the larger white discs form a quadrilateral diamond shape surrounding the bore.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Karlbeck, Ovar, Source
1975-05
Category: 
Technique: 
Material: 
Past | Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass
Venue(s)
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.
Venue(s)
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.
 
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2007-04-01 through 2007-10-21
West Bridge Show
Tracing Eye Beads Through Time (2013-03) illustrated, p. 25, fig. 6, upper left; BIB# AI92488