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Glass, Rock Crystal And Glyptic Art

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The study - and especially the dating - of medieval Islamic glass in particular and glass in general, is hampered by the fact that the material cannot be dated with the aid of scientific methods; there is no parallel to C-14 or thermoluminescence dating, which make it easier to determine the chronology of organic materials and pottery. The seven little glass bottles presented in this chapter have no stylistic features that clearly reveal their age or provenance, nor were they discovered in an official archaeological dig. They were, however, found under conditions and together with other pieces that make it possible to date and localise them with quite a large degree of certainty. The entire find comprises 10 brightly coloured wooden boxes, two containers of ivory and a lacquer-like substance, seven little glass bottles, four wooden daubers, and the basket (The David Collection, 89y/2003) that held all the other pieces.

Keywords: basket; datable glass bottles; David Collection; Eastern Islamic world



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