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Syrian Brass Repousse Charger, Assryian King, Warriors, Attendants

Syrian Brass Repousse Charger, Assryian King, Warriors, Attendants

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1980: Item # 1334838

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SOLD SEPARATELY: Two Vintage Syrian Brass Repousse Chargers / Plates, Damascus Syria ca. 1970. One with motif of a standing King flanked by two warriors set within a landscape. The other a motif of a seated King with attendants. A Cross encircled underneath the throne of King. 1" high x 8" diameter. Both in excellent condition. The techniques of repoussé date from Antiquity and have been used widely with gold and silver for fine detailed work and with copper, tin, and bronze for larger sculptures. Classical pieces using this technique include the bronze Greek armour plates from the 3rd century BCE. During the 3rd millennium BCE, in the Middle East, a variety of semi-mass production methods were introduced to avoid repetitive free-hand work. With the simplest technique, sheet gold could be pressed into designs carved in intaglio in stone, bone, metal or even materials such as jet. The gold could be worked into the designs with wood tools or, more commonly, by hammering a wax or lead "force" over it. One of twenty-three silver altar vessels believed to have been found in the Syrian village of Kurin. Silver repoussé, partial gilt. The alternative to pressing gold sheet into a die is to work it over a design in cameo relief. Here the detail would be greater on the back of the final design, so some final chasing from the front was often carried out to sharpen the detail. The use of patterned punches dates back to the first half of the 2nd millennium BC, if not far earlier. The simplest patterned punches were produced by loops or scrolls of wire. By Hellenistic times, combined punches and dies were in use. In 1400 BC, the Egyptian Amarna period, resin and mud for repoussé backing was in use. In 400 BC, the Greeks were using Beeswax for filler in repoussé.