Gold glass

Gold glass

Gold glass

The term applied to several types of Hellenistic and ancient Roman glass objects decorated with designs cut and/or engraved in gold leaf, which is sandwiched between two fused layers of glass. Hellenistic gold glass was made by sandwiching the decoration between two closely fitting cast, ground, and polished vessels, which were then fused. Many Roman gold glasses apparently were made by applying the gold leaf to the surface of an object, reheating it, and inflating a parison against the decorated surface.

Alternate Spellings: 
gold glasses
Gold sandwich glass
gold sandwich glasses
Term Variations: 
Fondo d’oro