All About Glass

All About Glass

This is your resource for exploring various topics in glass: delve deeper  with this collection of articles, multimedia, and virtual books all about glass. Content is frequently added to the area, so check back for new items. If you have a topic you'd like to see covered, send us your suggestion. If you have a specific question, Ask a Librarian at our Rakow Research Library.

The Origins of Glassmaking
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Little is known about the first attempts to make glass. However, it is generally believed that glassmaking was discovered 4,000 years ago, or more, in Mesopotamia. The Roman historian Pliny attributed the origin of glassmaking to Phoenician sailors. He recounted how they landed on a beach near

Pre-Columbian Use of Obsidian
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The lack of any advanced metallurgy among the Aztecs and Mayas has long been a mystery to students of pre-Colombian civilizations. Why, historians ask, were the great Mexican empires stuck in the %%Stone%% Age? The Spanish crushed the Aztec empire with amazing ease, and the Americans'

The Thomas Panel
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The Thomas Panel (Fig. 1 [86.1.1]) is an example of late Roman opus sectile wall decoration made of glass. The object, which is said to have been found in the Faiyum, 100 kilometers southwest of Cairo, was acquired by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1986. Part one of this paper (by D.W.) describes

Glass Conservation: Hemispherical Bowl with Inlaid Nilotic Scene
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For more on glass conservation visit http://www.cmog.org/collection/conservation.

Medieval Glassmaking in the Levant
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In 1973, a sponge diver reported the discovery of an underwater shipwreck at Serçe Limani on the south coast of Turkey, opposite Rhodes. The wreck was investigated by Professor George Bass, of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, between 1977 and 1979. His investigation revealed that part of the

The Seasons Vase
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The "Vase des Saisons" is the name given by Jean de Foville to a cameo glass bottle in the Cabinet des Medailles et Antiques of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. (Figs. A, B, C "Alabastron en verre camée" (Camée.623)). The object may be described as follows: H. (as restored) 16

Underwater Archeology
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Between 1984 and 1994 the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) excavated the remains of a Late Bronze Age shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship's cargo consisted primarily of raw materials, including glass. Learn about archeology underwater: www.cmog.org Courtesy of Institute of

Origins of Glassmaking- Family
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We're now setting off on a unique voyage through the history of glass and glass making that started over 3500 years ago. In the case to your left, called The Origins of Glassmaking, you'll discover treasures from the first 1500 years of glassmaking in the ancient world. The second large

Making Iridized Glass
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Learn about ancient iridized glass and a method for creating iridized glass surfaces. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008. Note: the method portrayed uses stannous chloride fumes, which can be highly toxic

The Mystery Slab of Beth She'arim
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Beth She'arim was a cemetery located in Galilee. It was one of the most sacred places in the ancient Jewish world. Just adjacent to its catacombs is a natural cave that had long ago been made into a large cistern for storing water. It apparently fell into disuse at the end of the 4th century