Glass face bead

Glass face beadGlass face bead

Face-shaped pendants were spread throughout the entire Mediterranean Sea region by the Phoenicians from the 6th century B.C. The beads were made using what is known as the "sand-core technique". The faces were constructed around a core using miniscule threads and pieces of glass. The large eyes are remarkable, and lead one to believe that the beads were amulets that served to ward off the evil eye.

5th - 4th century B.C.; h. 3 cm.; originally from the Easter Mediterranean Sea Region or Carthago