AUD $200.00

Islamic Glass Bead.

A very pitted and eroded old Islamic Period glass mosaic bead, from what was then Persia. (when it covered a much larger area.)

You may be reminded of Venetian "millefiore" Trade Beads, which is not surprizing, as their origins are the same.

First made by the Phoenicians, then Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, glass made between the 1st  and 7th Centuries AD is referred to as "Roman Glass" ( not made in Rome, but in the Empire, in the latter years in Syria and the Middle East.)

With their conversion to Islam these same countries continued producing glass, although the formula began to change, which we now refer to as "Islamic Glass"  and roughly covers the period between 7th Century AD to the 15th century AD. As the Empire spread through Persia and Central Asia glass making spread with it.

In China however they didn't need glass as they had a ceramic tradition that culminated in Porcelain. Trade along the Silk Route and the resultant exchange of ideas and styles between these centres, led to the forms and  traditions that we find throughout the regions.

This bead is incredibly worn with the background creamy colour eroded to the point of looking like old bone or sandstone. The rich red ochre "eyes" or rings stand out, raised above this texture. (These may represent the Evil Eye, as that tradition precedes all the major religions.)

It has a large hole about 7 mm wide suiting wear on a soft silk cord, soft so as not to damage it. I personallty wouldn't wear it and whilst it isn't fragile as such, it has many small highlights that could individually chip off.

It has a lot of character and exhibits its age well, it has a definite feel of long burial, not reproduction and false aging.

Age: Circa 700 AD to the 15th century AD.

Size: L 16 mm x W 18 mm

Weight: 9 grams.