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Black bronze and the ‘Corinthian alloy’

  • D. M. Jacobson (a1) and M. P. Weitzman (a2)

Two recent studies by A. R. Giumlia-Mair and P. T. Craddock have been devoted to a form of bronze having a blackish tint.1, 2 The authors there describe examples ancient and modern, from as far apart as Mycenean Greece, Egypt, Rome, China and Japan. In Japan such bronze is prominently represented in decorative art and known as Shakudo.

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D. M. Jacobson and M. P. Weitzman , ‘What was Corinthian Bronze?AJA 96 (1992), 237–47

H. Oguchi , ‘Japanese Shakudo: Its History, Properties and Production from Gold-containing Alloy’, Gold Bulletin 16 (1983) 125–32

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The Classical Quarterly
  • ISSN: 0009-8388
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