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Assorted Bronze Castings
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Bronze

Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin created for the first time some dozen millennia ago. Despite its low malleability, it's highly resistant.

It enjoyed great popularity around 1500 BC for the creation of tools and small ornamental objects. It was, however, only some 2,000 years later that it became the preferred raw material of European sculptors.

Out of all metals, it's definitively bronze which lends itself best to the casting of art. In fact, it enables one to reproduce the minutest details of the original sculpture, and is highly resistant to the passage of time. We call, moreover, "bronzes" those works created with this alloy.

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