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A Romano-Egyptian Group of Millefiori and Mosaic Glass Beads, circa 1st Century B.C./4th Century A.D.

The Property of a Gentleman

A Romano-Egyptian Group of Millefiori and Mosaic Glass Beads, circa 1st Century B.C./4th Century A.D.

A Romano-Egyptian Group of Millefiori and Mosaic Glass Beads, circa 1st Century B.C./4th Century A.D.

The Property of a Gentleman

A Romano-Egyptian Group of Millefiori and Mosaic Glass Beads

circa 1st Century B.C./4th Century A.D.


strung as a necklace, including faceted cylindrical beads with floral motifs, two ovoid beads with opaque yellow and red eyes in a translucent green matrix, and a large biconical bead with feather pattern, the gold spacer beads probably of later origin.

length 43.2 cm.

Most glass beads in good condition except for one that is repaired longitudinally. Some beads slightly more worn than others. Each gold spacer is made in two parts, and some have cracks along the join. The clasp is modern, and the necklace has been restrung. 



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One of the most intricate glasswork techniques first used by the ancient Egyptians is known as "millefiori," which translates in Italian to “a thousand flowers” for its intricate polychrome effect. The term "millefiori" covers any repeating radially symmetrical motif made with mosaic glass, including concentric circles, rosettes and diamonds. For a related example to the present lot in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/255762.