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String of 52 Beads

Ptolemaic or Roman Period
2nd century BC–2nd century AD
Possibly from Egypt
Glass, gold foil
L. 23.7 × Diam. of each bead (approx.) 0.6 cm (9 5/16 × 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Gold glass beads were a Hellenistic development. They were, created by combining drawn tubes of colorless glass with gold foil. The earliest examples were finished bead by bead. These are all modern stringings; most ancient stringing patterns are lost as the string decays.
These pieces were brought to the museum from Ernst Kofler, Lucerne, in 1969, and were purchased from that gallery in 1970.

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