Glass From Ancient Egypt
Glass From Ancient Egypt (3rd millenium BC) To Early Middle Ages (10th c.)
Glass-making began in ancient Egypt. Thick glass paste was pressed into a mould or wound round a clay core to make products that took the place of semi-precious stones for amulets, beads, decorative items, dishes. These relatively rare and precious artefacts were found all over the Mediterranean until the 1st c. BC, culminating in products of the Alexandrian workshops, where luxury items (cups, plates) were often made of transparent glass.