"The fragile beauty of glass has ensured its popularity through the ages in forms ranging from simple beakers to decorative masterpieces. This ... book traces the history of glass from its origins in Western Asia some 5000 years ago, through the invention of glassblowing around the first century BC, to the introduction of mechanized processes and new styles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice and the wide-ranging experiments in the modern age. ..."--Book flap.
|Other authors:||Tait, Hugh.|
|Corporate Authors:||British Museum.|
British Museum Press,
Includes bibliography and index.