The earliest vitreous materials in Egypt date to c.4000 BC although the production of glass, faience, frit or 'Egyptian blue' does not really take off until the 18th dynasty. Andrew Shortland combines descriptions of various objects made from vitreous materials with an analysis of the processes and techniques used in their production. His study begins with the raw materials, he describes the processing of the materials and the waste products generated, the production and finishing of objects and their final distribution. Focusing largely on evidence from the city of Amarna, a large part of this volume is taken up with analyses of the structure and composition of the vitreous materials.
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