Art of Glass - Ancient to Medieval Period

Art of Glass - Ancient to Medieval Period

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Author: Edward Dillon
Publisher: Bharatiya Kala Prakashan
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 219
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8180900495


Glass is a substance in so many ways connected with the conveniences and amenities of our daily life and the word calls up so many varied associations, that I must here at the very beginning make clear with what a comparatively small proportion of the manifold applications of the substance I have to deal with. We have at hand in the British Museum a collection of glass that has no rival elsewhere; only second to it is the collection at South Kensigton.

It is in these collections that the history of glass must be studied. I have, from time to time, in the following pages called attention to the most remarkable examples. I hope that what I have said may assist the student in threading his work through what is a rather complicated history. Glass is an important substance and is manufactured from various ingredients. In India it is known from the hoary past. However, earlier only objects in crude form could be produced. In course of time, the artisans tried various processes to improve the products.

They succeeded in preparing from it beautiful things of various types which were highly attractive. Antiquity of glass in India is very strongly supported in view of several references to it in Indian literature. At the time when the Yajurveda was composed, female ornaments were made of glass. Satapatha Brahmana, a work generally attributed to a period before 800 B.C., contains references to glass beads. The manufacturing of glass in India has continued through the ages. In course of time the artisans have attained great skill in producing the glass objects of various hues, sizes and shapes.





I. Indian Glass
II. Primitive Glass of the Egyptians and Syrians
III. Later Greek Glass and the Moulded and Cast Glass of the Roman Empire
IV. The Blown Glass of the Roman Empire
V. Early Christian Glass, Byzantine Glass, and the Glass of the Middle Ages in the East and the West
VI. Glass from Anglo-Saxon and Frankish Tombs The so-called Hedwig Glasses
VII. Mediaeval Treatises on Glass
VIII. Glass of the Later Middle Ages in Western Europe
IX. The Enamelled Glass of the Saracens
X. The Enamelled Glass of the Saracens (Continued)
XI. The Glass of Venice - The Origins - Beads
XII. The Enamelled Venetian Glass of the Fifteenth Century
XIII. Varieties of Venetian Glass - Early Literature
XIV. The French Glass of the Renaissance
XV. The Renaissance Glass of the Spanish Netherlands and of Spain
XVI. The Glass of Germany
XVII. The Glass of Germany (Continued)
XVIII. Dutch Glass of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
XIX. English Glass of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
XX. English Glass of the Eighteenth Century
XXI. The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Glass of Persia, India, and China
XXII. Contemporary Glass