Ancient Egyptian glass belongs to the finest of the ancient world. Glass appears sporadically before the 18th Dynasty (about 1550 - 1292 BC), but appears then quite often as a luxury material. The earliest glass is already made with a high technological competence. Therefore it is most probable that the knowledge of glass making was introduced from the Near East. Glass was a highly favoured luxury material in the New Kingdom (about 1550 - 1069 BC), but then was only produced in small quantities until about 400 BC. Glass again became popular among the rich in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt.
glass in different periods
On the production of glass
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