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Thirty-three glass, amethyst and amber beads

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posted on 26.10.2021, 15:06 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Douglas 1793, 35f.:[Illustrated] Seventeen of thirty three beads; towards the west end of the grave near the head. Eleven amethysts, expressed in the drawing in an oval shape of the same size, and of a deep purple tint; nine of an orange-coloured vitrified earth, expressed in the drawing in the shape of a barrel; four of white glass, and in the shape of a barrel; one of a reddish brown opaque glass; two of a verditer transparent glass, approaching to a blue colour, in the shape of a barrel; one of an opaque yellow glass, small and round; one of an opaque grey glass, small and round; one of a reddish brown opaque glass, small and round; one of a deep blue transparent glass, small and round; one of a rayed light blue transparent glass, small and round; one of a circular flat deep-coloured amber, and so expressed in the drawing. The whole, when strung, forms a diameter of about five inches, which will naturally correspond to the circle for the human neck, and therefore admits of the supposition that the beads were used for a necklace.

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Grave ID

Guilton Grave XIII

Object ID

GilXIII_beads

Catalogue Number

Unaccessioned

Material

glass, amethyst, amber (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; N/A) (Antiquarian Material; vitrified earth, amethyst, amber)

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beads (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; N/A) (Antiquarian Keyword; beads)

Status

extant

Location

Ashmolean Museum

Collection

Douglas Collection

Category ID

bead

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