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Title: Glass Objects from the Third Century Open-Court Building in Palmyra in the Light of Formal Analogies and Results of Physico-Chemical Analysis


Stawiarska, Teresa

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Archeologia T. 65 (2014)


Wydawnictwo IAE PAN

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ill. ; 31 cm

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Eleven typologically significant glass fragments (described in Appendix 1) from the Open-Court Building in Palmyra were analyzed physico-chemically in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (see Appendices 2 and 3). The majority of them are rather common glasses from the second half of the 3rd c., representing forms popular in the eastern part of the Empire: Palestine, Syria and northern Mesopotamia. ‘Natural’ greenish glass, made with the use of mineral sodium and low alkaline recipe (chemical type Na-Ca-Al-Si), indicates that the vessels were produced in moderately specialized workshops of western Syria, following the Syrian glass-making tradition and the method of decoloring glass with manganese. Item no. 11 differs from all the others. It is a fragment of a large painted vessel or (rather) stained window glass. The results of a technological analysis (chemical type Na-Ca-Mg-Si) did not give a clear answer about its origin, but they have provided some clues. The discussed painted glass from Palmyra is likely to have been made in a Syrian workshop in Late Antiquity or the Early Islamic period.


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IAiE PAN, call no. P III 24 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P III 29 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P III 30 ; click here to follow the link




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