Hi, all. Here is a very nice glass
bead from the beach, probably near Caesarea Maritima. In other words, it could be almost any age. I have been reading articles on beads but the subject is very complex, especially since they were traded and copied in so many cultures. Any opinions or information would be appreciated.
2nd Century BCE?-3rd cent.CE?
Annular bead with three colors and an
eye? pattern that repeats 3 times around
the circumference. Each pattern has a yellow border
enclosing two blue/green dots, slightly offset (the spot
on the left is higher than the one on the right), on a matrix
of dark red glass
, mixed with some black. The
hole in the bead has some ridges, but I am not certain
if these are from cutting, or from erosion. The surfaces
of the bead show much pitting, probably from the effects
of exposure to acidic rain water over thousands of years.
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I will try to get some better photos of the interior.