Though stained glass was being made for church windows in Europe during the 12th century, it was not until the rise of Venetian glass makers in the 13th century that other items, such as vases and jugs, were made for the public. It was also during the 13th century that artisans in Bohemia and Silesia (now parts of the Czech Republic) began creating equally decorative glass products that were to later rival the popular Venetian works.
This exhibition showcases around 170 Bohemian-glass items from the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Spanning 600 years of glass production, the works reveal high-quality traditional cutting and engraving techniques that are still used today; Aug. 2-Sept. 28.
Suntory Museum of Art; Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku,Tokyo. Roppongi Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.) ¥1,300. Closed Tue. 03-3479-8600; www.suntory.com/sma