Ancient Glass Research Along the Silk Road by Gan Fuxi

By Gan Fuxi

The Silk street is a major artery connecting Europe and Asia for political, cost effective, cultural and technical trade in antiquity, and glass is likely one of the earliest synthetic fabrics to be invented. learning the foundation and evolution of historical glass alongside the Silk street is therefore major for knowing the improvement and trade of tradition and know-how among China and abroad.
This ebook, for the 1st time, lines the starting place, evolution and spreading of historic chinese language glass know-how. It collects a wealth of knowledge contributed by way of chinese language and international specialists concerning the background and heritage, visible features and chemical compositions of the unearthed old glasses from alongside the Northern (Oasis) Silk highway, specially from the Xinjiang Province (known because the Western quarter in old times). The e-book offers new result of the reviews on historical glasses alongside the Southern and Sea Silk Roads, and discusses the effect of the Silk street on historic chinese language glass expertise and paintings.

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A. Condition of glass samples Name of tomb Unearthing site Description of sample Weining, Guizhou Eye bead with white eye and blue glass body Green glass bead Eye bead with three-color eyes Deep blue eye bead with blue and white inlaid Blue glass bead GD01 Songshan tomb Zhaoqing, Guangdong GZH-2 M13-15 Kele tomb M-91 Haojiaping Haozhang, Guizhou Qingchuan, Sichuan SX-14 Kaixian, Chongqing 44-18-35A Yujiaba, Sanxia reservoir Zhongshan Liyuan M-42 – Lixian, Sichuan Yellow glass bead XJ-5A Bao-Zi-Dong M-41 Wensu, Xinjiang Blue and green bead fragment GZH-17 Date Warring States (400–300 BC) Late Warring States (00–250 BC) Warring States (400–300 BC) Warring States (400–300 BC) Western Han–Warring States (250–200 BC) Western Han–Warring States (250–200 BC) Qin–Warring States (250–200 BC) (Continued) Ancient Glass Research Along the Silk Road Number of glass sample (Continued) B.

7. Condition and chemical composition of glass samples from remote areas in China. A. Condition of samples Number of sample Name of tomb Han tomb Zhalainuer tomb Weiwu, Gansu Holabiar, Inner Mongolia Hami, Xinjiang XJ-46 No. 14 XJ-42 Ancient AKe-Si-Pi-Li Castle Hetian, Xinjiang Description of sample Green ear pendant Green bead Blue squach-shaped bead fragment Eye bead with black body and green inlaid Date Han Dynasty (200–100 BC) Western Han B. 21 Most of these glasses were excavated from ancient tombs of the Han Dynasty, such as the ancient cemeteries of the Han Dynasty in Hepu of Guangxi province.

Bi, Probing to the history of glass technology. In: Z. T. ), History of Glasses by Shen Chongwen (in Chinese) (Wanjuai, 2005), pp. 1–5. Origin and Evolution of Ancient Chinese Glass 39 3. F. X. Gan, Z. F. Huang and B. Y. Xiao, The origin of ancient Chinese glass, J. Chin. Ceram. Soc. (in Chinese) 12, 99–104 (1978). 4. B. D. Yang, Some problems of the research on ancient Chinese glass history, Cultural Relics (in Chinese) 5, 26 (1979). 5. K. Yamasaki, History of Chinese glass: introduction of recent research, Glass (in Japanese) 8, 2–5 (1980).

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