The island of Murano has been known for its glassmaking since the 13th century, when the Venetian Republic ordered all of the glassmaking furnaces there to be moved away from Venice’s wooden architecture. Each colorful bird, accented with gold leaf, is handmade using centuries-old techniques by a husband and wife in their small Murano studio. Please allow for variation.
II got the two murano glass birds for display in a window. My hope was that the birds were translucent, so they would be backlit...like stained glass placed in a window. This is true with the blue bird,to some extent, because its tail is translucent, but not true with the red bird. The birds are lovely, just not exactly what I had hoped for.
The picture was very deceiving. I expected the gold to be on to be inside like a Murano item usually is but the gold was only painted on the top of the item and was very ugly!
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Not as shown on line. Less decorative painting. Seam very obvious. Painting on face, esp. beak sloppy.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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to incorporate perfume into their cultural rituals. These 24-karat-gold-accented glass bottles are handblown in Egypt and colored by hand. Fill them with perfumes or scented oils.