GLASS ARTIFACTS COLLECTION
Şişecam’s collection evokes the historical processes of glassmaking in Anatolia via uniquely crafted pieces.
Şişecam's Glass Artifacts Collection consists of precious pieces of glass on Anatolian soil dating back to thousands of years ago. With this collection, Şişecam sheds a light on the 3,500-year-long history of glass and takes us on a historical journey of glass in Ottoman, Byzantine, Roman and Ancient times. Şişecam's Glass Artifacts Collection includes decorative glass objects, bottles, goblets, and carafes.
Glassmaking made significant progress after the invention of the glass-blowing method in the Roman period. The term “Roman glassmaking” applies to all glass vessels manufactured in the regions the Roman Empire spanned. The vast number of blown glass vessels - which could be manufactured only in minutes - prevailed the period, unlike luxurious glass that required considerable time and effort for production. Glassblowing allowed glass vessels to be mass-produced. Glass produced in the period were both commercial products and vessels used to contain liquids. Tableware such as scent bottles, carafes, tumblers, bowls, plates, pitchers, and jugs; jars, vases, and larger commercial bottles; as well as windows in the form of crown glass, plate glass or cast flat glass were produced in the same period. "Tear bottles" are among the most interesting glassworks of the period. Teardrops of those in mourning used to be collected in these bottles and buried with the deceased as an homage.
Inspired by the Şişecam Glass Artifacts Collection, these handmade glassworks are replicates of the vessels made in the Roman Period. Evocative of early centuries, they are offered as unique memorabilia and meaningful gifts at Paşabahçe Mağazaları.
The The Glass Artifacts Collection is exhibited at Şişecam Headquarters. A digital exhibition of the collection is available at