M82 Phoenician glass head pendant £200


A polychrome rod-formed glass pendant in the form of a head with yellow flesh, blue eyes and wearing a striped turban.

It is thought that this type of amulet was intended to ward off evil spirits and is sometimes depicted on contemporaneous Cypriot sculptures being worn around the neck.

Phoenician (possibly Cyprus or Carthage), c. 3rd Century BC

Losses as seen in the photographs and stabile stress cracks on the face, no repairs or restoration

Size: 2.4 x 1.2 cms

Ex. private collection, The Netherlands.

For a comparable example from the Cesnola Cypriot collection in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, please see: