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Glass gilding process in medieval Syria and Egypt (13th-14th century)

Abstract : Twelve gilded and enamelled Islamic glass fragments, produced in Syria or Egypt during the Ayyubid or Mamluk period, were provided by the Louvre museum for complete non-destructive analysis. The enamelling process of similar objects has been extensively studied in the last decades, but the gilding process has never been investigated in details. This paper focuses on the understanding of both the gilding process and the gold/glass adhesion mechanism. The structure, composition and thickness of the gold flakes forming the gilding decoration are measured. The complete process combining gilding and enamelling is described and the local mechanism of adhesion of gold flakes on the glass body is discussed.
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Eléonore Gueit, Evelyne Darque-Ceretti, Marc Aucouturier. Glass gilding process in medieval Syria and Egypt (13th-14th century). Journal of Archaeological Science, Elsevier, 2010, 37 (7), pp.Pages 1742-1752. ⟨10.1016/j.jas.2009.08.022⟩. ⟨hal-00488253⟩

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