Phoenician glass head pendantM82
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
2.4 x 1.2 cms
Left eye, right ear and a small part of the blue curled hair lost, some ancient stress cracks to the face; the suspension loop and part of the hair have been re-attached
Ex. private collection, The Netherlands.
For a comparable example from the Cesnola Cypriot collection in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, please see: