Glass in the Alhambra
From the Nasrid era to the 17th Century
18 May 2016 – 31 March 2017
In this exhibition, we will be showing a selection of pieces from the glass collection at the Museum of the Alhambra. The exhibition will be divided into four sections: glass in the Alhambra in the Nasrid era; glass from the period in which the Alhambra was the Christian Royal House (16th-17th Centuries); Egyptian oriental glass; and lastly a section about the glass used in the traditional lattice screens and windows, and the industrial use of glass in a machine for making silk thread.
The fragility of glass means that very few pieces survive in the palaces of the Alhambra. Nonetheless, the pieces that have been conserved offer an interesting insight into the high technical skills of the craftsmen that worked this material, the variety of shapes and the uses to which it was put.
In the Alhambra glass was used for making tableware to complement the typical blue and white or golden ceramic dishes, making the Sultan’s ceremonies even more refined. Glass was also used in personal items and as a complement for jewellery and other decorative pieces.