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Lot 0249
Mediterranean; c. 3rd century BC- 1st century AD
The red bead with complex mosaic eyes, the blue bead with approximately 36 eyes! Exceptional examples.


greatest width: 1" (2.54 cm)
greatest height 13/16" (2 cm)

Provenance: The John J. Slocum Collection
Mr. Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attache to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby's, London in 1997.


Bumps to a few eyes, loss of one on blue bead. Overall good condition.

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A Group of 2 Massive Ancient Glass Eye Beads

Estimate $500 - $1,500Oct 15, 2017
Providence, RI, USA