By Gan Fuxi
The Silk street is a first-rate artery connecting Europe and Asia for political, cost-efficient, cultural and technical alternate in antiquity, and glass is without doubt one of the earliest synthetic fabrics to be invented. learning the starting place and evolution of old glass alongside the Silk highway is hence major for knowing the improvement and trade of tradition and expertise among China and abroad.
This ebook, for the 1st time, lines the starting place, evolution and spreading of historic chinese language glass expertise. It collects a wealth of information contributed through chinese language and international specialists in regards to the background and heritage, visible features and chemical compositions of the unearthed historic glasses from alongside the Northern (Oasis) Silk highway, specially from the Xinjiang Province (known because the Western sector in old times). The e-book provides new result of the experiences on historic glasses alongside the Southern and Sea Silk Roads, and discusses the effect of the Silk street on historic chinese language glass expertise and artwork.
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Chinese faience and frit were mainly unearthed in Shanxi and Henan provinces (the Yellow River valley), dating from the Western Zhou to the Spring and Autumn period. Archeological researchers often called them “Liao-qi,” confusing them with glass artifacts. Artifacts of this kind have been unearthed in large quantities. For example, more than 1000 pieces have been unearthed from the tomb of Yube and his wife, dating back to the mid-Western Zhou Dynasty (10th century BC); this shows that they could be produced locally at that time.
Glass ritual disk (bi) with a nipple pattern, unearthed at Changsha, Hunan (Warring States period). 7. Glass eye bead unearthed at Wangshan, Jiangling, Hubei (middle Warring States, around 329 BC). 4. Early Chinese high lead silicate glass and potash lead silicate glass (Six Dynasties to Northern Song Dynasty, 200–1200 AD) Ancient Chinese glasses were mostly made into ritual utensils and ornaments to imitate jade ones. 8. Hexagonal glass bead unearthed from the tomb of the Warring States at Jiangchuan, Yunnan.
8. Chemical composition of ancient high lead silicate glasses. 8. 44 Ancient Glass Research Along the Silk Road Unearthing place Origin and Evolution of Ancient Chinese Glass 33 Fig. 5. Distribution of lead isotope ratios in lead-containing archeological objects from various places: (1) China, (2) Egypt, (3) Mesopotamia, (4) Greece, (5) England, (6) Spain. various ancient glasses, the distributions of the isotope ratios 208 Pb/206Pb and 207Pb/206Pb of ancient Chinese glasses differ from that of the ancient glasses and archeological objects containing lead elsewhere.
Ancient Glass Research Along the Silk Road by Gan Fuxi