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.
A POST SASANIAN WHEEL-CUT GLASS BEAKER IRAN, CIRCA 7TH CENTURY Of rounded form with slightly everted rim, exterior with wheel-cut facets around the base, body with lattice of wheel-cut diamond shapes, areas of iridescence, intact 3 5/8in. (9.3cm.) diam.