This is a very small drawn glass bead, also known as a "seed" bead. Drawn glass beads are made by pulling, or "drawing," molten glass into long hollow tubes. The tubes are then cut into pieces and then either remain as tubular beads or have their edges rounded, such as this one. The color of this bead appears to be an opaque white, although weathering has roughened its surface. This bead is closest to type IIa14 in the system derived by Kenneth and Martha Kidd, which is often used by archaeologists to classify beads. Kurt Jordan, Archaeologist
The images in the “Onöndowa'ga:' (Seneca) Haudenosaunee Archaeological Materials circa 1688-1754” Collection are protected by copyright, and the copyright holder of this image is The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. The images were created in 2018 by Cornell University Library from a variety of physical artifacts held by the Seneca- Iroquois National Museum with their permission. Cornell is providing access to the materials for research and personal use. The written permission of The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use that extends beyond what is authorized by fair use and other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. Please contact Kurt Jordan in the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies with any questions or information about these materials.