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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.
MEDIUM Earthenware with polychrome decoration
DATES 5th-4th century B.C.E.
PERIOD Warring States Period
DIMENSIONS 1 1/4 x 1 1/4in. (3.2 x 3.2cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Giselle Croes
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CAPTION Bead, 5th-4th century B.C.E. Earthenware with polychrome decoration, 1 1/4 x 1 1/4in. (3.2 x 3.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Giselle Croes, 1996.70.1. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE group, 1996.70.1_1996.70.2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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