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Iron Age glass bead

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What is it?

How you looked was important in the Iron Age. Beautifully crafted jewellery such as torcs and brooches may have been worn to show how important a person was.

This bead is made from blue glass and is decorated with white spirals and yellow zig-zags. It was made between 250 BC and AD 50, probably as part of a necklace.

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Further info

Object ID number: 331.17347

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Digital image copyright Museum of London