Dating bronze sculptures
China’s Shang Dynasty is known for using the lost-wax casting technique and section molding to create larger statues.
In these ancient Asian cultures, bronze was often used to produce small votive statues and ritual vessels, but the ancient Greeks were the first to produce full-sized figures.
The rubber mold can then be opened and the wax duplicate removed.Corrosive materials and other metals may be added to the surface to form a patina, while some artists opt for gilding the work.One of the earliest bronze sculpture is believed to be “The Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-Daro,” a piece dating back to 2500 BC.2/10 means that this piece is the second casting in a total edition of ten.) is attached to provide a path for the liquid metal, and for air to escape, assuring an even flow of metal to all parts of the mold during the pouring (Figures 4, 5).
The next step in the process resembles battering and breading a piece of chicken!
Artists start by crafting a model of their sculpture in clay and mold wax on top of it. When the wax melts away, they can add molten bronze in between the layers of clay.