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Mask bead (Janus type)

Mask bead (Janus type)
6th century BCE-5th century BCE

2.9 × 1.3 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Phoenicia, East Mediterranean
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Waltons Limited, Fellow, 1991
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
A long, roughly shaped cylindrical bead, black and pale beige, with a wide opening at the base and a loop at the top. The bead is unperforated and displays a male face on both sides, with the nose raised and the lips flaring out to form the opening at the base. In the middle of each lip is a small, raised, beige blob and a thin, black fillet runs across the forehead.