From the tomb of M7(Eastern Jin) at Xiangshan, Unearthed 1970
H.10.4cm, D(at mouse)9.4cm, D(at base)2.5cm
The cup-shaped vessel unearthed from M7(Eastern Jin) appears as a
semi-translucent pale yellowish green glass configuration with air
bubbles. A thread and regular arranged petal patterns engraved
beneath the slightly flared mouse, while seven elliptical patterns
decorated around the contracted belly. The glass is significantly
different from other Chinese glass because of the texture and
grinding process on the elliptical pattern, which should be typical
Glass was invented by Egyptians in the twelfth Century BC; it was
highly treasured when imported to China from the Byzantine Empire
as far as the northern and Southern Dynasties. Only ruling class
had the rights to own such luxurious ornament, or use it as a cup.
The presence of the Rome glass was apparent evidence reflected the
trade between ancient china and foreign countries in Six Dynasty.