Glass mosaic bead

Roman, Egyptian, Alexandrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Translucent deep blue ground, appearing black; decoration in opaque white and red.
Spherical; vertical hole with slightly recessed edge on one side and slightly protruding edge on the other.
Pattern of dots, each comprising a central spot in red surrounded by circles in white and red, arranged in irregular horizontal rows; blue ground flecked with white, appearing as random leafy sprays, stars, and stripes; some distortion of dots near edges of hole, and one area on side where the pattern overlaps.
Complete, except for small chips on one side; patches of creamy weathering, and weathering inside hole.

Glass mosaic bead, Glass, Roman, Egyptian, Alexandrian

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