String of 27 Eye Beads,

Mosaic glass beads had long been popular in Egypt. The period of large intercontinental empires beginning about 500 BC initiated a period of widespread trade of these small items. These are all modern stringings; most ancient stringing patterns are lost as the string decays.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134

Public Domain

Object Details

Period: Late Period–Ptolemaic Period

Date: 6th–3rd century BC

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Glass

Dimensions: L. 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.)

Credit Line: Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910

Accession Number: 10.130.3041

Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910.