Islamic Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass houses one of the largest and richest collections of early Islamic glass in the United States. This volume, the first in a projected series of three, presents 595 objects and fragments made (with two possible exceptions) in the Islamic world between the eighth and 11th centuries.
The three sections of the catalog focus on objects with scratch-engraved ornament; monochrome pieces decorated with facet, linear, slant, or relief cutting; and cameo glasses.
Each entry consists of a color photograph and a detailed description, usually accompanied by a comment on the history and significance of the object and by a listing of similar pieces in other collections. Every object and fragment is illustrated with a color photograph and a line %%drawing%% that shows the profile. The book also provides concordances and an extensive bibliography.
Almost two-thirds of these pieces were formerly in the collection of Ray Winfield Smith, whose great interest in the early history of glass prompted him to acquire an extensive assortment of potentially informative fragments as well as display pieces. Many of these are published here for the first time. The Museum’s holdings were also enriched by the acquisition of objects that were formerly in the collections of Maurice Nahman of Cairo, Egypt, and Jerome Strauss.
Future volumes in this series will describe the Museum’s undecorated, pressed, mold-blown, stained, and gilded and enameled objects.