Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 5, 2015


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

(See below for details on the above beads)

Of the 7th. – 6th. Century B.C.     Egypt, West Persia or Italy

↑ 4.6/3.7/3.9/4.9cm    Ø body: 2.2 /1.8/2.0/1.9 cm

Ø Mouth: 0.6, 0.6, 0.6, 0.6 cm        Ø Tail: 0.4, 0.3, 0.2, 0.3 cm


Technique: core-formed with different colors of glass: feathered in black, white, blue yellow and red; mouth and tail, or begin and end, circled with white opaque glass.

Description: Fish-shaped beads from a chain of beads; with longitudinal perforation, each with a wide opening as the mouth and a smaller opening on the opposite end, the tail; vertical opaque white lining on all openings; the rough surface imprint of the sand-core inside is well visible.

Condition: Complete but deeply weathered; some sandy encrustation; pitted surfaces.

Remarks: Belonging to a chain of sand-core beads or possibly used individually as runners for metal brooch fibulae, where the fish shaped body could have suited the use of a bronze brooch for the mouth- and tail opening are not of the same size.

Latter statement is a proposition where as most of the sand-core fibulae have bow-shaped forms to the brooches, as examples with Kisa, Haevernick, Grose and Goldstein show. The fish-shaped beads are unique in this size for no comparable examples have been found in literature so far.

Provenance: Most Likely from Egypt, Western Persia or Italy (Etruscan era). In a private dutch collection. First publication.


Kisa,1906, Das Glas im Altertume, vol I, p 49, ill. 23.

Haevernick, 1959, Jahrbuch RGZM 6, 57-63. Zu den Glasbuegel Fibeln.

Nolte, 1968, Die Glasgefaesse im alten Aegypten, p 58-60. p176. pl XXVIII 59, 60.

pl XXIX 1, 2.

Von Saldern et al. 1974, no 106, p 48. Sammlung Erwin Oppenlaender.

Goldstein, 1979, Pre Roman and Early Roman glass, p 123, no 254, inv. 66.1.134/ 76.1.32

Von Saldern 1980, Ancient and Byzantine Glass from Sardis, no:833, p106, pl 19.

Bomford Collection, 1976, no 5, p 13.

Grose, 1989, Early Ancient Glass at the Toledo Museum.


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