Strand of 52 Kodama (Small Beads)

Object Name: 
Strand of 52 Kodama (Small Beads)

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Object Name: 
Strand of 52 Kodama (Small Beads)
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Accession Number: 
Overall (max) H: 0.4 cm, Diam: 0.4 cm; Bore Diam: 0.1 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dorothy Blair
Web Description: 
Some Japanese tombs contained thousands of these beads deposited as gifts for the dead.
Mizuhara, Iwataro, Former Collection
Iwatsu, Masaemon, Former Collection
Blair, Dorothy, Source
Primary Description: 
Strand of 52 Kodama (Small Beads). Translucent grayish-blue glass; beadmaking. Various shapes, some almost tubular, but short, some slightly rounded out; ends flat and rough (unpolished); pitted on surfaces; traces of clay and red pigment from the burial.
A History of Glass in Japan (1973) p. 79, pl. 57; p. 361; BIB# 27425