This pair of glass beads was made during an early period of highly inventive glass bead making in China from the fifth to third centuries b.c. The raised-eye motifs show the influence of beads that had been made in Egypt, India, and western Asia since the third millennium b.c. as protection against the “evil eye.” These beads have an earthenware core, to which drops of glass paste were applied to create the multilayered eyes. No evidence shows that Chinese eye beads were believed to have protective qualities; most likely they were made for personal adornment.
This text refers to these objects: ' 1996.70.2; 1996.70.1
- Medium: Earthenware with polychrome decoration
- Dates: Warring States Period, 5th-4th century B.C.E.
- Dimensions: diam.: 1 1/4 in. (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Asian Galleries, The Arts of China, 2nd Floor
- Accession Number: 1996.70.1
- Credit Line: Gift of Giselle Croes
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Bead, Warring States Period, 5th-4th century B.C.E. Earthenware with polychrome decoration, diam.: 1 1/4 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Giselle Croes, 1996.70.1. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (61%)