Silk Road Collection

Human Face Mosaic Glass Beads

  • The Mediterranean
  • Alexandria, Egypt
  • from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD
  • from the Hellenistic Period to the early period of the Roman Empire
  • glass
  • 1.1cm in height(maximum)

On the bright-colored glass are welded parts of geometric lines and human faces. Every human face is made by using the mosaic technique in the same way the Japanese candy Kintaro-ame is made. The faces enclosed in the glass are exquisitely made with different expressions. The human face originally meant exorcism.