Author: Edward DillonPublisher: Bharatiya Kala PrakashanYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 219ISBN/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.
PREFACELIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSINTRODUCTIONI. Indian GlassII. Primitive Glass of the Egyptians and SyriansIII. Later Greek Glass and the Moulded and Cast Glass of the Roman EmpireIV. The Blown Glass of the Roman EmpireV. Early Christian Glass, Byzantine Glass, and the Glass of the Middle Ages in the East and the WestVI. Glass from Anglo-Saxon and Frankish Tombs The so-called Hedwig GlassesVII. Mediaeval Treatises on GlassVIII. Glass of the Later Middle Ages in Western EuropeIX. The Enamelled Glass of the SaracensX. The Enamelled Glass of the Saracens (Continued)XI. The Glass of Venice - The Origins - BeadsXII. The Enamelled Venetian Glass of the Fifteenth CenturyXIII. Varieties of Venetian Glass - Early LiteratureXIV. The French Glass of the RenaissanceXV. The Renaissance Glass of the Spanish Netherlands and of SpainXVI. The Glass of GermanyXVII. The Glass of Germany (Continued)XVIII. Dutch Glass of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth CenturiesXIX. English Glass of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesXX. English Glass of the Eighteenth CenturyXXI. The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Glass of Persia, India, and ChinaXXII. Contemporary GlassBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX