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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1880.3884.h

  • Description

    Oval, worn, cabochon cut inlay of brown-yellow glass with bubbles; coloured with iron.

  • Date

    • 5thC (late) (found with coins of this date)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 10 millimetres
    • Width: 8 millimetres
    • Thickness: 4 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    From relic deposits 'Box 6', tray South Kensington Museum no.1077/India Museum no.53, for details see 1880.3884.g. British Museum Research Laboratory no.7277-9-Q: analysed by L. Joyner in 2002 using a Raman microscope Nd:YAG green laser (532 nm); and by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to determine its chemical composition. It has a typical Roman glass composition, being a soda lime silica glass coloured by iron.
    E. Errington: In addition to the glass beads opacified using tin and datable to the 4th century or later, the Hadda Stupa 10 relic deposit also seems to contain coloured glass cabochons and beads in place of semi-precious stones and ivory beads common at the earlier sites. See also 1880.3886.d.

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  • Condition

    Chipped with worn, pitted surface.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1880

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1st-15th July 1834 (Bombay Political Proceedings 1835, No.3, 15th July).

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1880.3884.h

  • Additional IDs

    • 1077 (South Kensington Museum no.)
    • 53 (India Museum no.)
    • 7277-9-Q (British Museum Research lab. no.)

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