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Glasmaking furnace, c 1500.

Glasmaking furnace, c 1500.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Model of a furnace described by Georgius Agricola (1494-1555), in his book 'De Re Metallica'. The furnace consists of two levels, with a fire at the base. Immediately above the fire, ceramic pots held batches for future melting; while at the top, containers designed for cooling glas were stored. The furnace also had windows through which blowpipes could reach the molten mixture.

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