Viking ‘Inlaid Glass Bead’ Gaming Piece
Lead, 7.67 grams, 14.13 mm. Circa 8th-10th century AD. A lead disc with a dished centre and an inlay of greenish glass, probably from a bead. Green and blue shades of glass were easily achieved by Anglo-Saxon craftsmen using fine sand and potash.
Reference: Pollington, S. Mead Hall – Feasting in Anglo-Saxon England, Hockwold-cum-Wilton, 2003, p.136, 220.
Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Very fine condition. Provenance: ex K Derby collection.