Daily use

Glass was used for making a variety of objects for daily use such as plates, cups, waste jars, incense burners, boxes and vases.

Glass has many useful qualities. It is good for holding liquids as long as they are not too hot. Like glazed ceramics, glass vessels do not retain the smell or taste of food and drink.

Glass can be blown, moulded and carved into a range of shapes in attractive colours. It can be made to imitate other, more highly prized materials. Glass items were fashionable in the 18th and 19th century in China however they were never as popular or as widely used as ceramics.

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