A rare composite eye bead made during the Warring States Period, circa 481 to 221 BC. The composite type of Warring States bead is made with a thin layer of glass overlaid on a clay or ceramic material core. There are five small white glass eyes around each of the larger eyes which are made of stratified layers of blue on top of white glass. This elaborate style of bead was only made during a narrow window of time in Henan province and apparently never made again.
Dimensions: width, 21mm; height, 18 mm.
Condition: Expected wear; overall very good condition, with multiple burst air bubbles in the white glass especially; this was a common characteristic in these beads and also in ceramic/faience bowls that were made at the same time using similar techniques.
Price: USD $400; CAD $520 (13% HST will be applied on all sales in Canada)