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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.
Dr Sidney M. Goldstein – Former Associate Director, St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, Missouri; specialist in early Islamic glass
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 ISBN: 1-874780-50-1 ; £89, $180PURCHASE