These qualities allow the creation of extended figures, as in Jeté, or figures that have small cross sections in their support, such as the equestrian statue of Richard the Lionheart.
But the value of the bronze for uses other than making statues is disadvantageous to the preservation of sculptures; few large ancient bronzes have survived, as many were melted down to make weapons or ammunition in times of war or to create new sculptures commemorating the victors, while far more stone and ceramic works have come through the centuries, even if only in fragments.
Another Bodhisattva, this one dating to the Tang dynasty (ca. Only 14 Choson pieces were in this sale, a sure indication of their scarcity.
700 AD), was snatched up by an American collector for 4,500, some ,000 over the low estimate. Yoshinori Munemura, head of Christie's Japanese and Korean department, commented, "For the second year the prices for Korean offerings showed increasing confidence." Christie's Indian and Southeast Asian art sales on Sept.
300-879) aesthetics, built on classic Indian Gupta period (c.
Their strength and ductility (lack of brittleness) is an advantage when figures in action are to be created, especially when compared to various ceramic or stone materials (such as marble sculpture).As recently as 2007 several life sized bronze sculptures by John Waddell were stolen, probably due to the value of the metal after the work has been melted.There are many different bronze alloys, and the term is now tending to be regarded by museums as too imprecise, and replaced in descriptions by "copper alloy", especially for older objects. Alpha bronze consists of the alpha solid solution of tin in copper.Alpha bronze alloys of 4–5% tin are used to make coins and a number of mechanical applications.Historical "bronzes" are highly variable in composition, as most metalworkers probably used whatever scrap was on hand; the metal of the 12th-century English Gloucester Candlestick is bronze containing a mixture of copper, zinc, tin, lead, nickel, iron, antimony, arsenic with an unusually large amount of silver – between 22.5% in the base and 5.76% in the pan below the candle.