Minden Glass Collection

    The Collection consists of over 75 pieces of original ancient glass and pottery. The examples of glass date from the 6th century BC to the 12th century AD, thus covering a wide spectrum of glass making technology from its earliest beginnings in ancient Mesopotamia and Greece through to the middle ages. The pieces in the collection originate in the regions of Syria and Palestine, including the periods of Roman and Islamic occupation. The collection contains a variety of vessels that show developments in glass making techniques beginning in the ancient Near East. The earliest technique is called core forming which dates to the 10th century BC. In the 1st century BC, glass blowing and mould-made glass technologies were invented. The varying shapes and styles attest to the different functions of each piece. Many of the vessels in the collection were used as perfume vials, but there are others that were used as drinking and serving ware for special occasions. The collection also consists of a number of ancient glass and faience beads that were used as adornment. The Arthur and Beatrice Minden Collection of Glass occupies a prominent position in the Museum's growing collection of original ancient artefacts. Thanks to the generosity of donors like the Mindens, the Museum now boasts a substantial collection of ancient glass and pottery, much of it hailing from the ancient Near East. The breadth of the collection will serve faculty and students of the University of Saskatchewan by providing a valuable educational and research collection for advancing the study of ancient material culture.

    Arthur and Beatrice Minden

    Core-Formed Glass

    Islamic Glass

    Mold-Blown Glass: Perfume Vessels

    Perfume Bottles

    Slag Glass

    Table Wares