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Image: Cup, Sasanian Empire, Iran, probably 500-599. CMoG 72.1.21.

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Research Guide

First, the Rakow Library at CMoG has created a research guide on Ancient and Islamic Glass and Glassmaking, which includes a list of general histories of glass, ancient glassmaking techniques, and links to videos and websites that might be useful.

Online Articles

The CMoG website includes a number of helpful articles, including:

Online Videos

The following online CMoG videos might also be of interest:

  • Ancient Egyptian Furnace (Former curator David Whitehouse describes an ancient Egyptian furnace, showing a full-scale model of a furnace that was used for making glass at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt, nearly 3,500 years ago.)
  • Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome (Behind the Glass lecture by Karol Wight)
  • Roman Mold-Blown Glass (Glassmakers recreate ancient Roman glass objects by mold-blowing; filmed in 2014 at the Roman-style wood-fired furnace in Villa Borg, Germany.)
  • Beth She'arim Slab (Former curator David Whitehouse discusses the nine-ton Beth She'arim slab of glass from an ancient furnace.)
  • Glassmakers of Herat (Filmed in 1977 in Western Afghanistan, it features a one-room working glass factory with a mud-brick wood-burning furnace where cousins make hand-blown glass in the same manner as described in seventh-century Assyrian cuneiform tablets.)

Books and Articles

Borrowing Library Materials

If you wish to borrow copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library will lend designated books from its collection and will send copies of articles requested by other libraries. Your library can request items through the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system or by direct request through email at For more information, please see our ILL website.


A more extensive list of resources is available upon request. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance via Ask a Glass Question ( or by email (
or phone (607-438-5300).


Please do not hesitate to contact us in the future with your glass-related questions!






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