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Early Byzantine Glass Looped Pendant, Late 4th - Early 6th Century AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (151) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, CA, Item: 131994938716 Early Byzantine Glass Looped Pendant CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Byzantine Empire, probably Levantine coastal region. DATE: Late 4th to 6th Century AD DIMENSIONS: 1.4 cm (0.55 in.) tall DESCRIPTION: An early Byzantine glass amuletic looped pendant bead, rod formed in a rapid single stage process and quickly tooled, formed of pale purple amethyst colored glass with a thin layer of encrustation on some areas. The drop-shaped body has been elongated at one end and pulled back on itself to create the thick suspension loop. Some studies of the type have ascribed a Christian meaning to this class of object but this is still debated. Intact and wearable. PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Canadian private collection COMPARISONS: See Maud Spaer, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, Beads and Other Small Objects, catalog #s 414-422, for several similar examples. Material: Glass

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