Silk Road Collection

Pendant in shape of bearded male head (3pcs.)

  • Phoenicia
  • 6th−5th century BC
  • glass
  • H3.0cm(Max)

Characterized by having large eyes, these are glass bead pendants in the shape of a human head. These were popular as Phoenician goods for trading, and they have been found in places from the Mediterranean to West Asia. They are considered to be talismans for warding off the evil eye which ancient people feared, and for protecting them against calamities. It is said that men with large beards represented their guardian gods, and pendants with female faces were never made.