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A Late Roman to Early Byzantine Trail Decorated Glass Bead 4th-6th Century AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (144) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 132008077943 CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Levantine Region, Late Roman to Byzantine transition DATE: 4th-6th Century AD DIMENSIONS: 2.1 cm (0.83 in.) long DESCRIPTION: Intact. A barrel shaped bead formed of very dark glass, appearing black, decorated at either end with encircling trails of red glass overlaying with a zig-zag trail of white glass. The type is typical of glass from the later Roman period and into the 6th Century AD, and was widespread in Egypt, the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon and beyond. Very light surface wear. Well preserved texture and color. Wearable. PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Canadian private collection. COMPARISONS: For the type, see Maud Spaer, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, Beads and Other Small Objects, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2001, Fig. 47.

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