INDIAN GLASS ART
Glass is one of the most beautiful materials contrived
by man. Archaeological discoveries in India reveal the
existence of glass in very ancient times. There is mention
of glass in the epic Mahabharata.
The Mughals perceived the aesthetic potential of glass.
Glass articles like bowls, tumblers and bottles for
precious stuff like Indian scents (attars) were popular
during that time. New designs and exquisite shapes in
a variety of rich colours kept blossoming. Engraving
on glass during the Mughal period reflect the delicate
foliated decorations of the period.
Glass bangles constitute a world of their own, so vast
a dimension do they have in infinite varieties, beyond
description. Glass items such as phials, bottles, jars,
lamp chimneys are attractively made and the shapes have
a wide range.
Glass objects are decorated in the tikuli technique.
Traditional pictures like those made on the walls of
houses, highly decorative and attractive, are made on
glass with gold or silver pieces to fill up the entire
The oriental shapes, designs and the typical Indian
colours in glass make Indian glassware distinct.