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Gravimetric and Spectrographic Analysis of Some Ancient Chinese Copper Alloys

Earle R. Caley, In Soon Moon Chang and Nilufer Paranyi Woods
Ars Orientalis
Vol. 11 (1979), pp. 183-193
Published by: Freer Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution and Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4629303
Page Count: 11
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Gravimetric and Spectrographic Analysis of Some Ancient Chinese Copper Alloys
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Abstract

Fourteen specimens of Chinese bronze from the Chou and Han dynasties have been analyzed gravimetrically (for major elements), by emission spectrography (for minor elements) and volumetrically (in two cases, for antimony). The accuracy of the results is discussed. The alloys vary a good deal, coppertin (including high-tin) bronzes, leaded high-tin bronzes and copper-lead alloys with some tin all being found. The major component results are compared with those from Gettens and from Chikashige. Results on minor components are compared with those from Gettens.

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