Surface Decorated Beads

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Surface Decorated Beads

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Surface Decorated Beads
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Overall L (closed): 44 cm; Average Bead L: 1.6 cm, Diam: 1.1 cm
Not on Display
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Surface Decorated Beads. Venetian surface decoration - cylindrical shaped on a dark red core. The majority of beads on this string consist of the following decoration: by means of three equatorial and four longitudinal stripes of a twisted trail of pink and white the surface is divided into eight sections, each section contains an eye consisting of a black dot surrounded by a trailed white ring. A few beads on this string lack the pattern of trailed stripes and have isolated eyes of a blue and white central dot surrounded by a white trailed circle.
Lamb, Alastair, Source
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.