5 Thousand Years of Glass
University of Pennsylvania Press, Sep 9, 2004 - Crafts & Hobbies - 256 pages
The fragile beauty of glass has ensured its popularity through the ages in forms ranging from simple beakers to ornate decorative masterpieces. This book traces the history of glass from its origins in western Asia some 5,000 years ago, though the invention of glass blowing around the first century B.C., to the introduction of mechanized processes and new styles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice, and the wide-ranging experiments of modern Europe and America.