Spacer Bead with Theatrical Mask

Object Name: 
Spacer Bead with Theatrical Mask

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Object Name: 
Spacer Bead with Theatrical Mask
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Overall H: 2.8 cm, W: 1.9 cm
Not on Display
about 300-399
Web Description: 
Spacer beads of this type, which are fairly common, were studied first by Haevernick, who suggested that the principal place of manufacture was in the Roman province of Pannonia in central Europe. However, they have a wide distribution, extending beyond Pannonia to Egypt, the Levant and Olbia on the Black Sea. The mask represents one of the stock male characters in New Comedy plays, either the brothel keeper or, more probably, a slave.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Primary Description: 
Opaque very dark brown or purple (appearing black) glass; pressed and perforated; roughly oval. Upper surface has grotesque theatrical mask in low relief: hair drawn back from forehead, deep eye sockets, rounded cheeks, mouth wide open, and beardless chin. Sides and lower surface are plain, with no trace of mold seams. Two horizontal perforations made while glass was molten, pushing glass out from edge on right side of lower hole.
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Three (2003) illustrated, pp. 59, 217, #986; BIB# 58895