Bronze Plaque Showing Cupids Wrestling & Boxing

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 03 October 2016

The background metal is bronze containing traces of a gold and silver, and its surface has been deliberately darkened, perhaps by organic acids. It may be an example of what Pliny calls "Corinthian bronze", which was said to contain gold and silver, and was highly prized for its purple sheen. Inlaid, faced with niello. Roman, about 1st century CE. (British Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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