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A stunning lime-green and yellow roman mosaic glass eye bead. 1st - 3rd centuries AD (possibly earlier).

Imagery of the evil eye was first recorded by the Mesopotamians approximately 5,000 years ago in cuneiform on clay tablets. Some scholars believe that it may actually have originated as early as the Upper Paleolithic Age. Evil eye iconography has been found in Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures as well as Buddhist and Hindu societies; however, each culture ascribes a similar meaning to it. The evil eye is believed to be a curse cast by a malevolent glare that is typically directed at a person who is unsuspecting and unaware. Many cultures believe that the evil eye can bring about misfortune, injury, or bad luck. For this reason, talismans and beads like these traditionally have been created to protect the wearer against the evil eye given their powerful apotropaic properties.

Condition: Fine. Some wear around piercing, surface nicks and general ageing.

Dimensions: Dia. 1.3cm

Provenance: From an old British collection, acquired from a London collector.