Silk Road Collection

A Necklace of Glass Beads with Vortex Patterns

  • The Mediterranean
  • Mycenae
  • from the 14th to the 13th centuries BC
  • Mycenae
  • glass
  • 21.5cm in length

Hot-melted glass was poured into a open mould to form light and dark blue glass beads, which were then combined to make a necklace. There are several ridges on the beads that are connected by two holes on the two ends. Glass technology was invented in Mesopotamia about 4000 years ago. Dark blue glass was often used then to replace precious turquoise or lapis lazuli.