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Cup, Sasanian Empire, Iran, probably 500-599. 72.1.21.                        

We have some wonderful resources on our Museum website that should answer your questions. There is a Library research guide on Ancient Glass and Glassmaking. Within it, there are resources about the portrait King Amenhotep II, one of the earliest known glass portraits, types of ancient glass, such as gold glass from Ancient Rome, and techniques of ancient glass making, like mold-blowing (see video on mold blowing). Additionally, CMoG has an overview on the Origins of Glassmaking,  Some helpful articles are Medieval Glassmaking on the Levant and The Mystery Slab of Beth She'Arim, about a large glass slab from 1600 years ago that was found during construction in Galilee. You can also search keywords in our online catalog or article index. I'm attaching a bibliography of literature on early furnace technologies and one on glass history resources as well.

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.