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Islamic gold sandwich glass vessels: evidences from al-AndalusRecipientes islámicos de vidrio dorado encapsulado: evidencias en al-Andalus

Lookup NU author(s): David Govantes-Edwards, Dr Chloe Duckworth



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© 2022 CSIC.Within the repertoire of Andalusian glassware, there is little known evidences of gilded glass. For this reason, we have carried out a morphological and comparative analysis of a group of fragments, most of them unpublished, found in well-documented archaeological contexts, specifically from Madinat Ilbira (Granada), the northwestern suburb of Qurtuba (Córdoba) and the Archaeological Site of San Esteban (Murcia). The aim is to determine their importance and to provide data on some general questions about the context and dating. The results have confirmed the existence of the two typologies known to date, bowls/vessels and bottles, all made using the technique of gold encapsulated between two layers of glass. The similarity of the decorative designs would indicate a common origin for all the pieces, possibly in the eastern Mediterranean area. The contexts also point to a pattern of consumption in Andalusian domestic environments with a chronology between the 9th-12th centuries AD, with an important presence in the capital of the Caliphate.

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Author(s): Velo-Gala A, Govantes-Edwards D, Duckworth CN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archivo Espanol de Arqueologia

Year: 2022

Volume: 95

Online publication date: 15/07/2022

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 23/06/2023

ISSN (print): 0066-6742

ISSN (electronic): 1988-3110

Publisher: CSIC Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas


DOI: 10.3989/aespa.095.022.13


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