A Sasanian Moulded Black Glass Bottle, Tapering Neck
Scientists say a cut glass bowl excavated from a 5th-century burial mound in Nara Prefecture originated in ancient Persia, the first domestic glassware scientifically confirmed to have arrived from western Asia. The chemical composition was almost identical to that of glass shards excavated from the ruins of a palace from the Sasanian Empire (226-651) in present-day Iran and Iraq.The glass bowl is on display at the Tokyo National Museum through Dec. 7.
Bowl with wheel-cut facets Period: Sasanian Date: ca. 6th–7th century A.D. Geography: Iran Culture: Sasanian Medium: Glass; yellow-green Dimensions: H. 7.9 cm Classification: Glass-Vessel Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1959