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Mosaic bead

Sales price $1,800.00
Roman mosaic glass bead with laurel wreathRoman mosaic glass bead with laurel wreath
Roman mosaic glass bead with laurel wreathRoman mosaic glass bead with laurel wreath
Description

59MSA
Roman mosaic bead
Date: 1 century BC- 1 century AD
Mosaic glass

Bead's matrix is formed by folding a premanufactured mosaic strip over a rod. Central band is composed of cane sections of interlocking branches and leaves of the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), forming a complete circular laurel wreath - a powerful symbol of victory since antiquity.
Intact, very good condition.
Height 14 mm, diameter 15 mm

For similar beads see:
-Véronique Arveiller-Dulong, Marie-Dominique Nenna.  Les Verres antiques du Musée du Louvre III : Parure, instruments et éléments d’incrustation, Paris, Éditions du Louvre, Somogy, 2011, p. 159: 204-2