Spiral Beads

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Object Name: 
Spiral Beads
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a) W: 1.3 cm, L: 2.6 cm; b) W: 0.9 cm, L: 1.7 cm
Not on Display
1400-1250 BCE
Primary Description: 
Translucent deep blue glass with heavy black to white weathering crust; mold pressed, suspension hole formed while casting. (a) Fifteen large beads retain a double horizontal reel from which is suspended a running spiral element, each retains a raised dot pattern around the exterior and is highlighted with a raised double inner line which follows the flow of the decoration; these beads are pierced through the reels at the top and through the center of the running spiral on the lower portion. (b) Four small rectangular beads with double argonaut pattern (small central volute from which three stylized volutes radiate terminating in three relief dot buttons along the edges of the bead); horizontally pierced just in from edges.
Klejman, J. J., Source
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 94-95, #177, #179 (a, b); BIB# 29547