Phoenician Glass paste necklace beads, Circa 5th-3rd Century BC

Material:  Glass
Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Glass
Dimensions:  18 cm
Provenance:  Segarra´s Collection, Tarragona / Archaeological gallery, Spain, 2017 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/03147 with date 18/05/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
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The Ferruccio Barreca Archaeological Museum in Sant Antioco houses several Phoenician necklaces of glass paste beads similar to this one. The most common beads are mostly spherical with a glass thread decoration of different colours, obtained by adding mineral oxides to the elements that make up the glass. The most used decoration is the loop one, then there are also those with polka dots, parallel lines and in relief. A few beads have an elongated, tubular, cylindrical or “acorn” shape. In some cases, the glass paste was used to mimic the stones, should the stones not be available.

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