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Strand of Roman Glass Beads

Strand of Roman Glass Beads

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The Roman Empire, c. 100-200AD.

Fabulous Roman glass beads from Afghanistan. The Romans began the modernization of glass-making over 2000 years ago. The word glass (Latin vitrum) developed in the Roman Empire possibly at Trier, Germany. Ancient Roman glass can be classified as soda-lime glass. It was made from silicon, sodium and calcium oxides, with the addition of potassium, magnesium and aluminium oxides. Glassmakers would also use colorants if they wanted the glass to have a specific color. Copper was used to make turquoise to light blue, green, or red colored glass. Cobalt made glass deep dark blue. Manganese and antimony were used to make the glass yellow, white, and purple. Iron was used to make a light blue, green, brown and black color. The wide array of colors were chosen to to mimic the colors of precious gemstones, such as lapis lazuli, amethyst, and turquoise.

Fragments such as glass vessels or bangles made in the Roman era are buried in the soil for a long time, and the components in the soil react with the glass surface, and the light is diffusely reflected by fine irregularities, resulting in iridescent luster. Striking tones of black, turquoise, green and yellow with various color accents scattered throughout. It is made by shaping a piece of glass excavated in the state, making a hole, and processing it into beads. String are modern. Good condition. Age-related wear. Strand with 20 unique beads. Bead size varies from 0,6cm to 2,1cm.

Provenance: Dutch private collection

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