Brass incense burner, Indian, 19th century.

Image number: 10305706

Brass incense burner, Indian, 19th century.

An incense burner, made in the form of a peacock. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. Brass which contains a proportion of less than 36% zinc is ductile when cold and can be easily worked into complex shapes. A proportion of zinc greater than 36% makes a harder and stronger alloy. The earliest brass was made by the Ancient Greeks, probably around 330 BC, but the Romans were the first to produce the alloy in any quantity.

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10305706
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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
28 October 2003 11:36
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