By Gan Fuxi
The Silk highway is a primary artery connecting Europe and Asia for political, affordable, cultural and technical alternate in antiquity, and glass is likely one of the earliest man made fabrics to be invented. learning the beginning and evolution of historical glass alongside the Silk highway is hence major for realizing the advance and trade of tradition and know-how among China and abroad.
This booklet, for the 1st time, strains the foundation, evolution and spreading of historic chinese language glass know-how. It collects a wealth of information contributed by means of chinese language and international specialists in regards to the background and heritage, visible features and chemical compositions of the unearthed old glasses from alongside the Northern (Oasis) Silk street, specially from the Xinjiang Province (known because the Western sector in historical times). The ebook offers new result of the experiences on old glasses alongside the Southern and Sea Silk Roads, and discusses the effect of the Silk highway on old chinese language glass know-how and artwork.
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Extra resources for Ancient Glass Research Along the Silk Road
Most of the discovered objects are monochromatic glass beads and ornaments dating back to the late Spring and Autumn and early Warring States periods (500–400 BC). There are not many of these unearthed objects, and they are mainly distributed in the Yellow River and Yangtze River valleys. Examples are the sword pommel ornament glasses of King Wu and King Yue, and the monochromatic glass beads excavated from the Chu tomb in Hubei province. These findings have not been studied in detail, being confined by experimental conditions during the excavation.
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