Chain trailing is a pattern of applied decoration where intersecting threads are laid on the body of the vessel resembling links of a chain (sometimes called spectacle decoration). Glassmakers have used this style of decoration since Roman times. It seems to have been most popular in Middle Eastern manufacturing areas during late Roman & Byzantine periods.
The following pictures show examples from our collection to illustrate various styles of chain decoration.
- Eastern Mediterranean Bottle 5-6th C
- Late Roman Jar 4th C
- Eastern Mediterranean Bottle 4th C
- Pocket Tumbler date of manufacture unknown