Dear Professor Wujastyk,

Though this is in reply to your mail it does not directly address the question you raised. Hence  I apologize. Still, what I may point out for you is that the existence of glass was evidenced in the second level from below at Hastināpurā dated circa 1100 – 800 BC by B.B.Lal (ASI Annual Bulletin, No.5 1954-55). There is a discussion on the matter.  I do not know of anyone having questioned Lal’s dating and finding.

Incidentally I might refer to the earlier views of Karl Hoffmann who assumed kāca to be a borrowed word from OP kāsa. I made a long discussion on the matter in 2004, but that was in Bengali. I have not yet been able to complete an attempted English translation of the monograph.   

I shall be glad if this helped in any way.


Dipak Bhattacharya

On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 1:32 PM, Dagmar Wujastyk <d.wujastyk@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear all,

Can anyone point me to publications on the making and use of glassware in ancient India? I am particularly interested in bottles (kūpī), as these appear relatively late in medical literature in the context of alchemical procedures.

Many thanks!


Dr Dagmar Wujastyk
University of Vienna
Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7
1090 Vienna


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