Melon beads




Charlotte Britton

This week’s #FindsFriday shows three melon beads; the two on the left are made from faience (a pre-cursor to glass) and date to the Roman period. The smaller example on the right is made from an opaque blue glass, has a globular shape with eight ribs, and dates to the Anglo-Saxon period. The different types of beads show that although the two periods were characterised by very different cultures, there was a continuation of style and production, and it is one that we can still see in beads made today.

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