Greek. Glass Filigree Work Decanter.

Age: 21st century

Condition: Excellent

Size (cminches): 15 x 15 x 32


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Glass decanter covered in gold filigree work. Made by a family in Athens, Greece.

History & Provenance

A very fine example of the best of modern Greek craftsmanship reproducing precise examples of Byzantine masterpieces. Byzantine glass objects highly resembled their earlier Hellenistic counterparts during the fourth and early fifth centuries CE in both form and function. Over the course of the fifth century CE, Byzantine glass blowers, based mostly in Syria and Palestine, developed a distinct Byzantine style. While glass vessels continued to serve as the primary vehicles for pouring and drinking liquid, glassware for lighting, currency and commodity weights, windowpanes, and glass tesserae for mosaics and enamels also surged in popularity. Following the Arab conquests of the seventh century CE, large quantities of glass were imported from the Levant, which continued to produce raw and manufactured glass. Scholars once believed that glassware was an expensive luxury good reserved for the upper strata of society, however, recent archaeological excavations have unearthed a considerable quantity of unadorned glassware intended for lower-class residents.

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