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String of Beads

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.


4th-5th century


Roman or Byzantine; Egypt

About this artwork

Perhaps used for personal adornment or decoration within the home, these beads are individually patterned with black stripes. It is possible that the abstract shapes had a symbolic or protective meaning in addition to providing a pleasing design.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


String of Beads


Egypt (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

301 CE–500 CE




Average: Diam.: 1.6 cm (3 in.); H.: 102.2 cm (40 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

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