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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Ewer
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1680
Creation End Date: 1720
Creation Date: about 1700
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Bronze
Materials and Techniques: zinc alloy with brass inlay; Bidri ware
Dimensions: H.13-7/8 X W.10-3/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 82.10.4
Credit Line: The Katherine Kittredge McMillan Memorial Fund

Found only in India, bidri describes a metalwork technique wherein objects are cast from an alloy predominately of zinc with small portions of lead, copper and tin. The surface of the metal is engraved and the designs are inlaid with silver or brass. The final stage is to darken the base surface with ammonium chloride and copper sulfate. This creates a matt black ground against which the silver and brass pattern show off brilliantly.

AMICA ID: MIA_.82.10.4
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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