Glass mosaic face bead

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Translucent deep blue green ground, with details in opaque white, red, and grayish green, and translucent purple, appearing black.
Section of an irregular oval mosaic composite bar; flat with rough edges; hole diagonally through bead.
Circular face, with variations on either side; hair rendered as alternating vertical black and white stripes on forehead; almond-shaped eyes, eyebrows, nose, and slit mouth in black; green stripe around chin with traces of red; circular frame in white.
Intact; pitting and severe weathering of some details.

Glass mosaic face bead, Glass, Roman, Eastern Mediterranean

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