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Posted by: Sthi Post Reply
02/22/2022, 21:43:10

Long time lurker on the forum in need of help. I have a bead that I picked up years ago that is outside the types I normally collect. I figured it would be a fun research project but a decade (or more) has passed and Iíve not gotten closer to IDing the thing.

Iím not even sure what it is made out of but Iím thinking glass due to numerous tiny bubbles I see near the surface. Though half the bead appears broken off, one end has a careful repair, so Iím curious what sort of bead it might be to warrant such a fix.

If anyone is familiar with such a bead, please help me.

Hopefully I manage to successfully add a photo with my first post..



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Re: First post - Repaired bead -- Sthi Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: stefany Post Reply
02/23/2022, 15:03:48

your images show an opaque green + yellow bead that might be made of fused (not completely melted) powder glass resembling Krobo beads from Ghana, but it is also very similar to a bead type that used to be described as a Roman period "Date bead" - with a fairly wide hole- roughly oval or bulbous shaped,- green with yellow at one end... around 1 cm long... sometimes striped as shown from my collection. -maybe there is a more up-to-date description?



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Posted by: Sthi Post Reply
02/24/2022, 18:04:55

Very helpful, thank you. Iíll keep my eyes peeled for similar beads when looking at krobos and fused glass. Does the yellow ďpatchĒ material on your beads you pictured have a wood grain or marbling pattern? Though I didnít manage to photograph it, the end ďpatchĒ on the bead I have has such a pattern.



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Posted by: Sthi Post Reply
02/24/2022, 18:39:58

Searching for Roman and date beads brought me to this strand. These look identical to my broken bead. I donít often trust the identification of auction sites but it says theyíre Roman. Does that seem right?



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Posted by: Sthi Post Reply
02/24/2022, 18:42:11



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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
02/26/2022, 12:04:58

yes these green and yellow get described as Roman date beads - i don't yet have more exact information... but clearly it seems to me that the necklace you linked to, has been put together by a "designer" using other beads added to create the pattern. so it can't be assumed that this necklace is an authentic roman necklace, but recognisable roman beads are featured in it.
There are "gold-in-glass" spherical beads -which were known to have been made in that era, and then small dark and light faience ring-shaped beads such as were made and used generously in new kingdom Egyptian necklaces in burials ... giving a striped appearance between the featured beads. maybe they were all found together??



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Posted by: LaBoom Post Reply
03/18/2022, 10:09:41

Robert Liu describes them as "Ptolemaic or Roman period glass beads from Egypt...Solid colors capped by yellow are called date beads." (Page 125, Collectible Beads: A Universal Aesthetic)



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