Glass has been prized by mankind for centuries.
The qualities that delighted the ancients, the
clarity, transparency, brilliance and malleability
of glass, are the same ones that appeal to
modern sensibilities. Early writers described
glass in terms of wonderment: "Congealed of air,
condensed of sunbeams, molded from the light
of the open plain, or peeled from a white pearl."
The passage of centuries serves to make glass
even lovelier than when it was new, for time
graces its surface with a jewel-like iridescence.
We today cannot help but marvel that something
so delicately lovely has survived since the
twilight of classical culture. Did it once contain a
perfume as rare and precious as the flask itself?
As we take pleasure in its beauty, we transcend
the ages, and share our emotions with the
citizens of a vanished world.