JIAAW, Day Collection
Object D24, a small glass bottle, likely Islamic, is an example of glassware created using cold working techniques (techniques that don’t require heat – like grinding, carving, engraving, and polishing). Glassblowers and glasscutters worked together to create the facets, or flat surfaces, on pieces like this. First, a glassblower would create a hollow, thick-walled blank (plain object), adding de-coloring agents to transform the glass’s natural light green color to clear. After this, a glasscutter would create the facets on a lathe or by using handheld tools. Facet cutting could be used to alter the shape of glassware, as in the case of object D24, or could be conducted in a more decorative manner, producing delicate lines and curves to create an intricate design on the surface of the vessel. The facet cuts on D24 are clear, evident in the piece’s well-defined octagonal body and seven-sided neck.
-Jinette Jimenez ‘21, JIAAW Records and Collections Assistant