Glass necklace

Sales price $1,500.00
Hellenistic necklace with rhomboid glass beads 222NA
Hellenistic necklace with rhomboid glass beads 222NAHellenistic rhomboid glass beads 222NAHellenistic rhomboid glass beads 222NA

Glass necklace
2-1 century BC

Composed of 23 glass lozenge beads of transparent amber color glass. Interspersed with the same color spherical glass beads. 

All lozenge beads are intact with several beads with very minor ancient chips at the ends, glass is in good condition and some glass beads are iridescent. All spherical glass beads are intact and in very good condition.

Largest bead: 12 mm x 20mm x 6 mm
Necklace is 20.25" ( 51.4 cm) long

During the excavation of an ancient house in the city of Rhodes (1966-1967), a large amount of debris from a glass factory was recovered. The main production was evidently devoted to bead-making. Thousands of beads were discovered and the similar beads were among them. See full report in:

- G. D. Weinberg, “Glass Manufacture in Hellenistic Rhodes,” Archaiologikon Deltion 24 (1969), pp. 143-151, pl. 76-e

For similar published examples see also:

- Ve´ronique 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.120 #179-26, 179-28; p. 226 #304: p.218: 298-22

- Alexeeva E.M. Antichniye busi severnogo prichernomoriya, Academy of Science, Moscow, 1978, table 33: 77

- D.Nenna, Exploration archeologique de Delos, 32: Les verres, Paris, Athenes, EFA, De Boccard, 1999, pl.52: E100-101