The exposition “Glass In Ancient Art” traces the specific skills of working with glass and smalt for a period covering 1000 years – from the fifth century BC up to the fourth century AD. The central place in the exhibition is occupied by seven glass phials which were used for religious rites. Each phial has a name: The Wisdom, The Life, Directions, The Earth, The Water, The Sky and The Choice. They have been made using the millefiori technique. The volume designed objects are exceptionately perfect, possessing “detail in the detail of the detail” and they show precise colour, form and space handling.
The other part of the exposition are objects and vessels having utilitarian purpose: phials, amphorisques, little jugs “Oinohoe”, as well as amulets for fertility and health. They have been made by different techniques: free shaping, free blowing out in a mould, technique of the sandy grain.
The analyses, the interpretations and the photos of the unique objects of the exposition have been collected in the book “Glass In Ancient Art” by Zhorzh Trak and Slavka Cherneva, which is important for science, as well as, for the art practice in which glass lights up antiquity in a new way. Cultural centre- museum “Trakart” offers the visitors a film in which the phials have been photographed by a microcamera, showing the perfect jewel-like exhibits in detail.