Two persons to consult would be Osmond Bopeaarachchi and Sanjyot Mehendale. They were responsible for the underwater excavation of perhaps the oldest known shipwreck in the Indian ocean off Hambantota in Sri Lanka (c. 1st c. BCE, I think). And
there were glassware and large glass ingot (I saw one of them in the museum in Colombo). The ship was probably going from Sri Lanka to Andhra.
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.
Dr Dagmar Wujastyk
University of Vienna
Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7
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