Ancient Glass Research Along the Silk Road by Gan Fuxi

By Gan Fuxi

The Silk highway is a prime artery connecting Europe and Asia for political, low-cost, cultural and technical trade in antiquity, and glass is likely one of the earliest man made fabrics to be invented. learning the beginning and evolution of historical glass alongside the Silk highway is therefore major for knowing the advance and trade of tradition and expertise among China and abroad.
This publication, for the 1st time, lines the beginning, evolution and spreading of historic chinese language glass know-how. It collects a wealth of information contributed by means of chinese language and international specialists in regards to the historical past and historical past, visible features and chemical compositions of the unearthed historic glasses from alongside the Northern (Oasis) Silk highway, specially from the Xinjiang Province (known because the Western quarter in historical times). The ebook provides new result of the stories on historic glasses alongside the Southern and Sea Silk Roads, and discusses the effect of the Silk highway on historical chinese language glass expertise and paintings.

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2 shows the analytical results of those frit beads and tubes. 3). The SiO2 content (weight) in the faience is higher than 90%, and a little amount of alkali oxides (R2O), such as Na2O and K2O, is present. 14 R. 2 shows the ratio relationship of K2O and Na2O contents in Chinese faience and in Egypt faience. Plant ash could be used as a flux agent for faience making. It was also used in making protoporcelain glaze in China, so its ratio of K2O/Na2O > 1 too. 1. Chemical composition of liuli beads (faience) of the Zhou Dynasty.

Therefore one may conceive that the contacts between China and the Western world started early, before 6th century BC. e. 2 Zhangqian’s traveling to the Western Regions was a magnificent undertaking, exploring a route for the East–West contacts. But long before his travels there had been ties between China and the West. And after his travels, some new transportation routes were explored between China and the outside world. Several years ago, UNESCO identified four main routes of the Silk Road: (1) the Northern (Steppe) Silk Road, (2) the Northwestern (Oasis) Silk Road, (3) the Southwestern (Buddhist) Silk Road and (4) the Southern (Sea) Silk Road.

2 Zhangqian’s traveling to the Western Regions was a magnificent undertaking, exploring a route for the East–West contacts. But long before his travels there had been ties between China and the West. And after his travels, some new transportation routes were explored between China and the outside world. Several years ago, UNESCO identified four main routes of the Silk Road: (1) the Northern (Steppe) Silk Road, (2) the Northwestern (Oasis) Silk Road, (3) the Southwestern (Buddhist) Silk Road and (4) the Southern (Sea) Silk Road.

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