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Composition and texture of a set of marvered glass vessels from 12th century ad Braničevo, Serbia

Rehren, T; Cholakova, A; Jovanović, S; (2018) Composition and texture of a set of marvered glass vessels from 12th century ad Braničevo, Serbia. Starinar , 68 pp. 125-149. 10.2298/STA1868125R. Green open access

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Abstract

Strongly coloured glass vessels decorated with marvered threads of white glass are a wide-spread and popular, but rarely studied group of high-quality glassware of medieval Islamic origin. Relatively little is known about the composition and production places of these vessels, and their chronological range is not very well defined, as many of the published finds lack contextual evidence. Here, we present detailed chemical and microstructural data on a set of well-dated purple glass vessels decorated with white threads, excavated at the Mali Grad site in Braničevo, Serbia, in an archaeological context dated to the middle/second half of the 12th century AD. The set comprises at least sixteen different vessels, manufactured from two different batches of probably Levantine plant-ash glass coloured by manganese oxide. Significantly, the results demonstrate that these batches are correlated to particular vessel shapes. The base glass of the white threads is comparable to that of the purple vessel glass, but instead of being coloured by added manganese oxide, it contains considerable amounts of tin and lead oxides which provide the effect of opacity and white colour. No difference in composition can be seen between the white glass threads used to decorate the vessels from the two different manganese-coloured batches, thus indicating a likely common production origin of the whole set. [Project of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Grant no. 177021: Urbanization Processes and Development of Medieval Society]

Type: Article
Title: Composition and texture of a set of marvered glass vessels from 12th century ad Braničevo, Serbia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2298/STA1868125R
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2298/STA1868125R
Language: English
Additional information: Starinar is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used in accordance with the licence Creative Commons – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Serbia (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/rs/)
Keywords: Islamic glass, Marvering, Braničevo, Serbia, 12th century, LA-ICPMS analysis, SEM imaging, pXRF
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064777
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