Bead

A work made of round glass bead with pattern of seven circles within a circle in brown, white and blue glass. currently stored in embroidered box..
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  • A work made of round glass bead with pattern of seven circles within a circle in brown, white and blue glass. currently stored in embroidered box..

Date:

Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 B.C.), c. 5th c. B.C.

Artist:

China

About this artwork

The earliest examples of Chinese glass include polychrome beads like these, in which superimposed layers of different colors create eye-like motifs. Rich in lead and barium, these beads are chemically distinct from those of soda-lime glass made in Greek and Roman workshops of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, rare examples of which have been discovered in north and northwest China. Those foreign imports inspired Chinese craftsmen to create their own polychrome beads. Their burial contexts—strung together with jades to form pendant sets, or inlaid into bronze objects such as mirrors and garment hooks—indicate that Chinese patrons easily integrated these new creations into traditional art forms.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 132

Title

Bead

Origin

China

Date

770 BC–445 BC

Medium

Round glass bead with pattern of seven circles within a circle in brown, white and blue glass. Currently stored in embroidered box.

Dimensions

H. 2.2 cm (7/8 in.); diam. 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Ferdinando P. Musso

Reference Number

1948.123

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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