In China, bronze ware has been in use for over four millenniums. Chinese bronze ware is highly valued for its consummate workmanship and primitive beauty. On my visit at Baigong Handicraft Museum, a bronze and copper ware shop drew my attention.
As I entered the shop, an old artisan was working on a piece of bronze using a magnifying glass. Several beautiful metal ornaments were displayed on shelves. The darker ones were made of bronze, while the others were made from copper. A pair of bronze unicorns with fine, clear markings looked especially stately and exquisite.
I tried to break the ice with the artisan, and he raised his head and turned to me. We talked about various things. He told me that each unicorn cost 400 yuan. And that his key goods were copper incense burners made by his own hands. I tried to lift a square-shaped one. To my surprise, it felt rather heavy. The artisan told me that the copper had passed through the purifying process five times. It cost 4000 yuan.
What I appreciated
Hand-made bronze and copper ware, outstanding workmanship.
What customers appreciate
Exquisite bronze and copper ware, excellent workmanship.
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