Each of the blue liuli glass beads is of barrel form with a central aperture, inlaid with sets of deep blue bosses, each encircling a yellow boss, separated by crossed yellow lines accented with blue dots.
Since jade and other gemstones found in ancient China were not rich in colour, the court and nobility were eager to find more colourful materials for their daily use. It is believed that glass was brought from Europe to China via the Silk Road, and was turned to liuli glass after adding colours. Liuli was first applied on pottery, but it was also applied to jewellery and gained widespread popularity thanks to its amazing colours. Liuli of good quality can keep its colours for thousands of years without any change.
2.6cm high; 2.4cm wide; 2.2cm deep