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Glass: From Sasanian antecedents to European imitations


Published 2005

Sidney M. Goldstein with contributions by J.M. Rogers, Melanie Gibson and Jens Kröger

The Collection contains more than 300 objects that encapsulate the history of Islamic glass from its Byzantine and Sasanian antecedents to late 19th- and early 20th-century revivals.

It contains an unparalleled group of mould-blown and pattern-moulded objects – no fewer than seven of which are of the rare inscriptional type – and this wealth of material has allowed comparisons to be made between vessels from the same or similar moulds.

Other significant groups comprise vessels with relief-, linear- or facet-cut decoration, while the patterns on others are pincered or applied in the form of trails and medallions. Cold- or lustre-painted and enamelled vessels are also included, the latter represented by a group spanning the entire period when this technique was in fashion.

Glass with scratched decoration – a category known mostly through small fragments – is represented here by four complete vessels, and these form the basis of a major new study of the type.

About the author(s)

Dr Sidney M. Goldstein – Former Associate Director, St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, Missouri; specialist in early Islamic glass

The late Professor J.M. Rogers – Fellow of the British Academy; Honorary Curator, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art; Former Deputy Keeper of the Department of Oriental Antiquities, British Museum, London; inaugural Nasser D. Khalili Chair of Islamic Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; specialist in many aspects of Islamic culture and history, especially Seljuk and Ottoman arts

Dr Melanie Gibson – Participates in a range of academic activities that include teaching and publishing; series editor of the Gingko Library Art Series; specialist in ceramics and glass of the Islamic world

Dr Jens Kröger – Former Curator, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin; specialist in Islamic glass


384 pages; fully illustrated in colour, numerous line drawings; hardback with dust jacket (slipcased); 36 x 26 cm; 2005; ISBN: 1-874780-50-1



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