Ancient Islamic 1,000 year old child’s glass bangle and ring set
Here are a remarkable survivor from ancient times: a glass ring and bangle.
It goes without saying that glass is fragile and this is an amazing relic from a time long gone. Although glass bangles are made even today in the Islamic world, glass was actually an item for the middle classes in ancient times. In fact, in the early Islamic medieval world, glass was sometimes more prized than gold (see “Glass from Islamic Lands, The al-Sabah Collection at the Kuwait National Museum”).
The ring is basic yet elegant in design with a simple band flat on the inside but rounded on the outside and a moulded groove on the bezel.
The ring measures only 18mm inner diameter and 22mm outer diameter and was clearly meant to be worn by a child.
If you observe closely you can see some irridescence which is colouring from the ancient glass reacting with the air and soil. It is part of the history of the piece.
The bangle is also a basic, simple shape with a bulbous bezel and is otherwise plain.
There is some beautiful rainbow irridescence in patches on the surface of the bangle.
The inner diameter is 45mm.
These two amazing artefacts are guaranteed to be at least 1,000 years old.
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