Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 5, 2018

Four Core-Formed Glass 4th to 5th century BC of David Giles

Remark: Methods of making glass objects came about shortly after glass was discovered.  The first glass objects manufactured were not vessels but amulets or pendant and beads (see example Pendant nfb 270). Vessels were made later by core winding (all of rest of the examples) from 1500 to 1200 BC. in the Mesopotamia, Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean region. Production declined between 1200 and 800 but revived from 800 to the 1st century BC. After the introduction of glass blowing by the Syrians 100 BC, the method ceased to be used with few exceptions (see Miniature core form jug).  A good scholarly book on this type of glass is Early Ancient Glass, David Grose, Toledo Museum, 1989.

This link is to a short video from Corning Museum of Glass on these methods. (

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