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Page 3 - ... with two holes, through which a double cord passed. Blue appears to have been the favourite colour of these, ancient beads ; but while this is so, our museums and private collections can show others, in pale green, white, yellow, and red, and with spirals and other ornaments of varied colours ; while others have a dark ground-work, and are studded with fragments of red, green, yellow, blue, and white enamel, which are set without any attempt at order in the surface. There is one form of glass...
Page 1 - ANCIENT glass ornaments, from the most simple and unpretending plain blue bead to the amulet studded with settings of enamel or vitreous paste, and of a form so varied in colour and of so much beauty in outline, that they might well be worn at the present day, are still, from time to time, turned up by the plough, brought to light in the reclaiming of waste outlying ground, and found in the burial mounds of pre-Christian cemeteries, with which our island is so thickly studded. Those so accurately...
Page 4 - When found by the peasantry, they are still regarded as possessing a talismanic power, and are sometimes called " gloine-an-druidh," or the " magician's glass." And in Scotland they are termed " adder stones," and " snake stones." I hope this subject will be continued by my friend Mr. Benn, whose private collection and long experience so far exceed mine, and who contributed an interesting paper on Ancient Glass Beads to the " Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire.
Page 2 - ... and might have accidentally dropped off in the abbey. The projections on this bead would serve to symbolize the Five Wounds of our Saviour, and would give it the character of a Christian amulet. No. 3 is a remarkably fine bead, and differs from the two former by having a number of gold-coloured settings of vitreous paste enriching its surface.
Page 2 - ... integral part of it, has been produced by laying the colour on the surface, and this gives it a peculiarly rich appearance. It was found in the same crannoge with No. 5. No. 7 is an ornament of blue and white glass, set with six large pieces of light yellow vitreous paste. It is beOF GLASS Ä)UND IN IBELAND.
Page 3 - Pagan Saxondom," but it has not the larger ornament. I have already cited Keller's " Lake Dwellings," and the " Prehistoric Annals of Scotland," for recent notices of glass beads. Reference is, also made to them in Engelhardt's "Denmark in the early Iron Age," where the prevailing types are figured, and in Sir W .»VVilde's valuable " Catalogue
Page 2 - It was probably worn as a pift or brooch-head. A very similar bead has been published by Dr. Wilson, in the " Pre-historic Annals of Scotland," Vol. I., p. 446, Fig. 84. And another is figured in Dr. Keller's " Lake Dwellings," with a fillet encircling the three projections as in this bead.— Vide Plate LXXXI., No.