Length x height = 28,23 x 5,61 x 10,89 mm. Conical perforation 1,61 x 1,22 mm
I call your attention to the long presentation I posted in 2009, after my trip to Java in 2008. Part II. It can be read here:
I am also attaching screenshots of one segment, in which I show a bead that I would compare to your bead. It is a figural specimen, made in ochre glass. I would compare your bead to this one.
Hi Jamey, thank you. There is a lot of resemblance. Hope to find more info in the future.
there was also this damaged small bird
I hope to get the opportunaty to photograph the glass elephants from the same batch soon to show.
Bird length x height = 16,82 x 11,78 mm
They remind me of the bangle fragments from the first "Roman Glass" strands I bought a few years ago. Matte surfaces, strong, bright colors, aged look.
In fact, when I searched for an image to use, I found this one from BCN!
Re-reading your initial post today, I recall the following.
In 2010 I met Walt Seifried at the Bead Conference in Borneo. The first evening, he showed me the beads he had brought with him from Thailand/SE Asia—and these included some amazing and small sculptural beads. They were the same colors as Indo-Pacific beads, and Walt's source was adamant that they were "ancient." I was not so sure. Whenever something entirely different suddenly appears for the first time, it is important to be skeptical (as I have remarked many times)—even when the artifacts are impressive.
Sometime later, Walt told me he came to know that these delicate and well-rendered beads were recent fakes. Disappointing, but not uncommon.
I will try to locate my photos, though I suspect they are on a back-up drive by now.
this picture was taken with a mobile phone on the Tribal Art Fair, last October in Amsterdam. The participant said the objects date 300 BC - 200 AD. I had never seen this kind of manipulated glass before and thought that was a bit too early in time.
A few days later a friend noticed them on the Art Fair too, and showed me his collection. I posted some of these in the message above. Now I am beginning to think it was too good to be true.
Hope you can find your pictures and show them some time?