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Raw materials and technology of Medieval Glass from Venice: The Basilica of SS. Maria e Donato in Murano

Occari, V; Ian, F; Corisande, F; (2021) Raw materials and technology of Medieval Glass from Venice: The Basilica of SS. Maria e Donato in Murano. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports , 37 , Article 102981. 10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.102981. Green open access

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Abstract

Assemblages of medieval glass from Venice, the leading glassmaking centre in Europe, are rarely accessible for analysis. Here we present electron microprobe analyses of sixty-one glass vessels dated to between the 12th and15th centuries from the island of Murano, which from the late 13th century was the centre of glass production in the city. All appear to have used the same type of soda ash, with similar levels of soda, magnesia, potash and phosphate and this is likely to have originated in the Levant. The alumina, iron and titanium contents suggest that three different silica sources have been used for the glass. Comparison with the available data from Venice and elsewhere in northern Italy suggests that the assemblage may include material made on the island. Furthermore, there are similarities with glass from the Levant and Egypt raising the possibility that raw glass from several regions may be represented. However, records indicate that Venice imported sand as well as raw glass from the Levant, which remains a possibility in the present case.

Type: Article
Title: Raw materials and technology of Medieval Glass from Venice: The Basilica of SS. Maria e Donato in Murano
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.102981
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.102981
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Medieval glass technology; Venetian glass; Levantine plant ash glass; Egyptian plant ash glass
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10126226
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