Answered By: Regan Brumagen
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2016     Views: 26

Do you have a particular time period or type of glass (beads, vessels, etc.) you are investigating? According to the publication Ancient Glass Research Along the Silk Road, mold-casting was the primary means of glassmaking in ancient China.

I am copying an article on early glass beads from the Bead Journal, which talks about the earliest Chinese glass. I am also copying (below) a bibliography on Chinese glass, which will provide you with other sources to check.

An Chia-yao (i.e. Jiayao). Early Chinese Glassware. Translated by Matthew Henderson. (The Oriental Ceramic Society Translations, No. 12) Hong Kong: Millennia, [1987?]. 46 pp., ill.

Brill, Robert H. and Martin, John H., eds. Scientific Research in Early Glass: Proceedings of The Archaeometry of Glass Sessions of the 1984 International Symposium on Glass, Beijing, September 7, 1984, with Supplementary Papers. Corning, NY: The Corning Museum of Glass, 1991. 212 pp., ill.

Brown, Claudia and Rabiner, Donald. Chinese Glass of the Qing Dynasty: The Robert H. Clague Collection. Phoenix, AZ: The Phoenix Art Museum, 1987. 93 pp, ill.

Chinese glass : archeological studies on the uses and social context of glass artifacts from the Warring States to the Northern Song period; (fifth century B.C . to twelfth century A.D.). Edited by Cecilia Braghin. Firenze : Leo S. Olschki, 2002. xiv, 125 p., [8] p. of plates.


Engle, Anita. Readings in Glass History: Glass & the Silk Route. Nos. 6/7. Jerusalem: Phoenix, 1976. "Glassmaking in China," pp. 1-38; "The Country of the Great Yueh-Chi," pp. 39-54.

Engle, Anita. Readings in Glass History: Glass Goes to Outer Space. Nos. 15/16. Jerusalem: Phoenix, 1982. "Ancient Chinese Glass with Astronomical Intent," pp. 38- 46; "Father Ferdinand Verbiest and the Imperial Palace Workshops," pp. 47-55.

Feng, Li. Elemental and Isotopic Analysis of Ancient Chinese Glass. Thesis, Master of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong, 1999. 149 leaves.

Pinder-Wilson, Ralph. "Glass in Asia During the T'ang Period." In: Pottery and Metal Work in T'ang China, edited by William Watson. London, 1970.

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