Blue Glass Amulet

Roman

original

gift of: Professor Thurston Lacalli

date: 4th century AD

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.)