Bead Fragment and Inlay or Plaque

Object Name: 
Bead Fragment and Inlay or Plaque

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Object Name: 
Bead Fragment and Inlay or Plaque
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
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Not on Display
1400-1250 BCE
Primary Description: 
(A) Translucent aquamarine glass with thick white weathering crust on surface, some bubbles on back; mold pressed with suspension hole made while casting. Fragment preserves roughly half of an almost-square bead which had a long ribbed reel along either side through which suspension holes were made; between these a recessed area preserves a decorative motif of four stylized ivy leaves springing from one side. (B) Glass completely weathered to an iridescent white film, original color cannot be determined; cast in an open mold without suspension holes. Rectangular plaque, single relief border on three sides and a ribbed reel pattern below, on this sits a sphinx facing right with a spiral tail and spiral decoration on chest perhaps suggesting a tuft of hair, the caricature-like head is covered with a flat hat and long tassel flower out from the center and back to the wing tip.
Antikes Glas (Handbuch der Archaologie) (2004) illustrated, p. 28 (Taf. 37); BIB# 83444
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 49, 249; BIB# 61154
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 96-97, #189-190 (a, b); BIB# 29547