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Carpathian Sword Bead, late 5th c

Carpathian Sword Bead, late 5th c


Carpathian Sword Bead, late 5th c

An extremely rare glass sword bead from Carpathia (modern Hugary) which was excavated with a sword, some scabbard fittings and a small pottery cup.

Although the bead appears to be badly-made, it is an approximation of a bead with murrini insertions, as well as a white wave band around the circumference which looks like an attempt at making the appearance of a cable stringer. It seems to have a sort of 'kitchen sink' appearance, where the beadmaker knew about murrini and twisted cable stringers but had never actually seen one.


The report describes the base bead as 'blue' but shows no indication of actual colour, so this one has been made with an opaque black base as well as a transparent cobalt blue base.

This bead is available to order, but may take a few days to make. You will be informed when your bead is ready for shipment. Please select your choice of base colour from the drop-down menu.

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Quantity:  at  £25.00  each

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