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Glass bracelet

late 3rd–2nd century B.C.
Glass; drawn, tooled, and trailed
9/16in. (1.4cm) Other: 3 3/16in. (8.1cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue; trails in opaque yellow.
Seamless broad band with flattened semicircular cross section.
On outer surface, three ribs running around band, central one projecting out more; outer ribs decorated with four matching lengths of zigzag trail; central rib with four longer lengths of zigzag trail interspersed with four sets of three blobs.
Broken and repaired, with chips missing from broken edges, and some of trails missing, leaving hollows in surface of bracelet; pinprick and elongated bubbles; surface pitting and patches of weathering.

Similar bracelets have been found at La Tene sites in central Europe.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 964, p. 135, pl. 173.1.

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