This carved crystal spherical bead would have originally been part of a necklace, strung by the holes at the top and bottom of the bead. Decorative ornaments were part of the larger elaborate costume accoutrements for nobility—often worn on the face, forehead, and chest—and projected both elite status and supernatural power. Objects such as these often accompanied the king and other nobility on the journey through death to the otherworld.
Elaine Higgins Smith, Digital Collections Content Coordinator, 2016.
Carol Robbins, Label text [1968.20], A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.
Getty Vocabulary, AAT (pendants (jewelry): AAT: 300046002).