Necklace with Widget-eye Bead

Object Name: 
Necklace with Widget-eye Bead

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Object Name: 
Necklace with Widget-eye Bead
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall (closed) L: 19.3 cm; Pendant H: 1.6 cm, L: 2.2 cm
Not on Display
after 1500 BCE
Credit Line: 
Gift of George D. Macbeth
Primary Description: 
Necklace. One hundred ten cast and wound beads of glass, faience carnelian, bone, stone and Egyptian blue with a widget-eye pendant; many cast and wound beads, several beads have been trail decorated, others are multiple colors. Several cornerless cubes have been recut, wound beads are primarily opaque yellow, translucent green and yellow-green, translucent emerald- green, translucent deep blue, turquoise, translucent amethyst, and translucent greenish yellow-brown; at least one bead has a translucent green center with contrasting sides while several light green beads appear to have been broken off a tube.
Macbeth, George D. (1892-1968), Source
Lord Hastings, Former Collection
Chaucer’s Head Library, Former Collection
Macbeth, George Alexander (American, 1845-1916), Former Collection
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.
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 78, #123; BIB# 29547
Glass from the Corning Museum of Glass: A Guide to the Collections (1974) (1974) illustrated, p. 9, Fig. 1, #1; BIB# 28793
Glass from the Corning Museum of Glass: A Guide to the Collections (1965) (1965) illustrated, p. 9, fig. 1, #1; BIB# 27582
The Corning Glass Center (1959) illustrated, p. 11; BIB# 99843
Glass from the Corning Museum of Glass: A Guide to the Collections (1958) (1958) illustrated, p. 11, fig. 1, #1; BIB# 27746
The Corning Glass Center (1958) illustrated, p. 11; BIB# 26395
The Corning Glass Center (1958) illustrated, p. 11;