Blue Glass Amulet
gift of: Prof. Thurston Lacalli
date: 4th century A.D.
provenance: purchased by donor in 1970-72.
description: Small bright blue glass amulet. Loop at the top for a chain or cord. Engraved. Height 4 cm, width 1 cm, depth 1 cm.
This original Roman blue glass amulet is made in the shape of a pendant and depicts a lion, crescent moon and star. It dates to the fourth century AD, a time when elaborate or brightly coloured jewelry was favoured. The imagery of the piece seems to suggest a link with Eastern art, though its provenance is unknown.
(See also: Bronze Amulets; Faience Amulets; Scorpion Amulet.)