Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

CORE AND ROD-FORMED EARLY GLASS OBJECTS

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 18, 2020

26R Core-Formed Alabastron of Allaire collection

Date:6th -4th Century B.C. H: 9.6 cm

Description: This vessel was manufactured around 6th to 4th Century B.C. using the core-formed method of glassmaking. The shape of this Alabastron was inspired by the common Greek pottery of the period, a form frequently used in core glass. The decoration is also typical using trailed and marveled threads of yellow, turquoise and red.  Glass objects from pre-Hellenistic periods were luxury items, affordable by only the upper class.

Parallels: In the book, Ancient and Islamic Glass, Paris, Loudmer, Kevorkian #327 & 331, The Constable Maxwell Collection #15, The Yale University Art Gallery #23 & 24, Glaser der Antike, Sammlung Erwin Oppenlander, Axel von Saldern #165 Now in J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa.

Remark: Methods of making glass objects came about shortly after natural glass was discovered.  The first glass objects manufactured were not vessels but amulets or pendants and beads. Using the technique of rod forming, tooling and applied elements.  Vessels were made later by core winding (all the rest of the examples shown) 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.  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 the core forming method. (http://www.cmog.org/video/core-formed-vase)

Core and Rod-Formed Glass Objects 6th C BC.  To 4th C AD.

from Contributing Collectors on the Blog

(Click on the name of the contributing collector to see information on them and the rest of their collection.)

(To see information on the object pictured click on the active link title above the pictured object.)

From the collection of David Giles active link

FOUR CORE-FORMED GLASS VESSELS FROM 4th to 5th century BC (active link)

The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass active link

FOUR CORE-FORMED FISH SHAPED GLASS BEADS (active link)

CARTHAGINIAN HEAD PENDANT

From the collection of Nico F. Bijnsdorp (active link)

CORE-FORMED OINOCHOE active link

 

 ROD-FORMED HEAD PENDANT active link

ROD-FORMED KOHL TUBE WITH STOPPER active link

From the collection of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen (active link)

CORE FORMED ALABASTRON active link

CORE FORMED OEINOCHOE active link

 

SMALL CAN BE BEAUTIFUL, A CORE FORM JUG active link

 

 

 

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