Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection



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.

49R Bottle 5-6th C

Eastern Mediterranean Bottle 5-6th C
51R Jar 4th C
Late Roman Jar 4th C
52R Bottle 4th C
Eastern Mediterranean Bottle 4th C
Pocket Tumbler date of manufacture unknown
Pocket Tumbler   date of manufacture unknown


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