A Roman Glass Millefiori Bead, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
The round ball bead made from black glass with green-yellow trails.
Translated to "A thousand flowers" in Italian, millefiori refers to the most common floral design patterns. Millefiori beads (a mosaic glass), were made in ancient times and had numerous sections of patterned canes placed in close proximity parallel to one another and heated to fuse together. The pad of millefiori glass was then rolled upon itself and shaped to form a bead. When Italians reinvented millefiori glass, they usually applied cane pieces to a separate base, often the bead's core, and fused the parts together; this is one way ancient beads may be distinguished.
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