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ARTISTIC GLASS AND GLASS HANDICRAFT

THE BRONZE AGE
From the 6th millennium BC, man begins to use obsidian, a siliceous rock of volcanic origin, found in abundance on the Eolie islands, Pontine, Pantelleria e Sardinia (Monte Arci) to make sharp and resistant objects. (...)
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THE IRON AGE
In the 9th century BC, there is a recovery in the production of glass objects. The location of this recovery is the Near East area. (...)
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HELLENISM
In the Hellenistic period, glass manufacturing undergoes a period of rebirth and flourishing development, coinciding with the widespread commercial renewal of luxury and consumption goods (...)
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FROM THE AUGUSTUS ERA TO THE LATE ANTIQUITY
The advent of the blowing tecnique, free or combined with the use of moulds, revolutionised the glass industry and allows a wide-scale spread of the glass objects due to the reduction of technical working time  (...)
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THE MIDDLE AGES
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the art of glassmaking underwent a decline in Europe, while in the Byzantine Empire and various regions of the near and far East, important glassmaking traditions were developed. (...)
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