BEADS FROM MARLIK, IRAN possibly dating to the first or second millennium, and described as frit by Negahban (1964). When not corroded, like the center bead, middle row, they are very glassy and show trailed decorations. Glass would be a more accurate attribution. Average diameter is 1.2 cm. Courtesy of Henry Anavian.
ISLAMIC TRAIL DECORATED AND FOLDED GLASS BEADS from Syria with dragged decoration. The upright cylinder is 4.5 cm long and folded bead is 4.6 cm long. Kolbas's survey (1983), which does not appear to cover beads, dates dark and light green glass colors from 700 to 1100 A.D. Courtesy of Rita Okrent.
ISLAMIC COMBED GLASS BEAD from Syria, showing beautiful crafting, 2.2 cm high. Fukai dates a similar Iranian bead from 300 to 400 B.C. (1977: plate 49). Courtesy of Rita Okrent.
necklace-from-ethiopiaNECKLACE FROM ETHIOPIA composed of smaller beads made of soldered granules, and larger hollow beads made from domed sheet metal halves soldered together; largest is 4.0 cm diameter. Wires and die-formed elements are applied onto the surfaces. The beads are usually attributed to Saudi Arabia and Yemen (Liu 1984c), but since Ethiopia is separated only by the Red Sea, it is likely these are imports. The beads are also made of silver or silver-plated copper.
Courtesy of Wind River.

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