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Two glass? beads

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posted on 26.10.2021, 19:45 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Pair of deep blue translucent glass(?) melon-seed shaped ear-drops, shaped like amethysts. If it is glass, the drops have been treated like stones, eg. cut and polished, though now both are dulled and somewhat battered. One is flat on one side with facetted edges very strongly marked, the other thicker. Both have been bored as if they were amethysts - bored from either end and the holes barely meet in the middle.If they are not glass, what? They have air bubbles! Only glass has air bubbles? Clearly if glass, they have been made from larger pieces already blown, eg. from broken fragments from those dark blue Anglo-Saxon vessels? If so, no indication in the texture of the glass. Possibly the drops were made specially for the purpose: if so the English(?) glass maker had no idea how to produce a hole in a bead int he normal way.

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Grave ID

Kingston Down Grave 103

Object ID

M6164

Catalogue Number

M 6164

Material

glass (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; glass) (Antiquarian Material; precious stone, glass)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

beads (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; ear drops) (Antiquarian Keyword; ear rings, drops)

Status

extant

Location

National Museums Liverpool

Collection

Mayer Collection

Original Collection

Faussett

Category ID

bead

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