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A Look at Stained Glass

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 11:23 AM
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Stained-glass gifts, such as an ornate Tiffany pendant light, are among the best presents to give and receive. Their traditional sensibility and unique look make stained-glass pieces a cornerstone in art. But how did stained-glass come about initially?

Colored glass has been produced since ancient times. Both the Egyptians and the Romans excelled at creating small colored glass objects. In the Early Christian churches of the 4th and 5th centuries, there are many remaining windows that are filled with elaborate patterns of thinly-sliced alabaster set into wooden frames, giving a stained-glass like effect. Muslim architects in Southwest Asia achieved similar effects with greater embellishment using colored glass rather than stone.

In the 8th century, the Arab chemist Jabir ibn Hayyan (Geber) scientifically described 46 original recipes for producing colored glass in Kitab al-Durra al-Maknuna (The Book of the Hidden Pearl), in addition to which 12 recipes were inserted by al-Marrakishi in a later edition of the book. Jabir also described the production of high quality colored glass cut into artificial gemstones.

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