This volume traces the history of glass from its origins in western Asia some 5,000 years ago, through the invention of glassblowing to the ...Show synopsisThis volume traces the history of glass from its origins in western Asia some 5,000 years ago, through the invention of glassblowing to the introduction of mechanized processes in the 19th and 20th centuries. It highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the extraordinary achievements of the Roman Empire, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice and the wide-ranging experiments of modern Europe and America. A series of photographic sequences taken in the studio of a modern glassmaker, show the reconstruction of ancient techniques.Hide synopsis
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