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Glass bracelet

Archaic or Classical
ca. 2nd half of 6th century B.C. or later
East Greek or Lydian
Other: 3 3/16in. (8.1cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue.
Open circular band; round in section, tapering towards ends.
Intact but broken, weathered ends; elongated bubbles; dulling, pitting, and patches of creamy weathering and iridescence.

Most ancient glass bracelets are closed circles—for the obvious reason that they were much stronger and less likely to break than open ones such as this example. The few parallels that are known include a pair of bracelets in the Lydian Treasure that are decorated with gold lion's-head terminals and strung with a gold chain. It is very likely that this bracelet, too, had decorative finials.
Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. p. 103, pl. XI, 67, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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