UNFINISHED SANDSTONE SCULPTURE OF STANDING FOUR-ARMED VISHNU (HEADLESS, FACE DOWN), ANGKOR THOM SCULPTURE WORKSHOP, ANGKOR. PHOTO: MARTIN POLKINGHORNE – TAASA Review September 2012
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This article was originally found in the September 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 3, Page 9).
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Notable ceramic artefacts can be identified as Song dynasty mercury jars'.
The presence ofmercury jars’ in the context of metal working and bronze manufacture is particularly significant as mercury was used in a specialised form of sculpture gilding.
Mercury gilding is the process whereby mercury is mixed with gold to make an amalgam that is applied to the surface of the sculpture...