Bras incense burner, Indian, 19th century.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Bras incense burner, Indian, 19th century.

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An incense burner, made in the form of a peacock. Bras is an alloy of copper and zinc. Bras which contains a proportion of les than 36% zinc is ductile when cold and can be easily worked into complex shapes. A proportion of zinc greater than 36% makes a harder and stronger alloy. The earliest bras was made by the Ancient Greeks, probably around 330 BC, but the Romans were the first to produce the alloy in any quantity.

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