Millefiore face beads

Nubian
Meroitic Period
40 B.C.–A.D. 114


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg., W308, no. 27

Dimensions

Overall: 1.6 x 1.3 x 0.5 cm (5/8 x 1/2 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

23-1-310

Medium or Technique

Glass

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

Numerous fragments of diamond shaped translucent green glass beads, with full face human head in millefiori in center. Diagonal threading hole, translucent green with human face in yellow, red, black and pink. Some imperfect.

From the group of beads with field number 23-1-310 that originally consisted of thirty-five diamond shaped translucent green glass beads, with full face human head in millefiori in center and many fragments.

From this group with field number 23-1-310, eighteen were accessioned as 23.830:
23.830a: nine on display in Nubian gallery;
23.830b: four in Bas A Jewelry Case 1 Dr. 13; and
23.830c: five are missing and last seen in the Office Cabinet in 2001

Remaining beads with field number 23-1-310 that were not accessioned: numerous fragments of green glass millefiore face beads.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg., W308, no. 27. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition