Korean bronze tofu seller’s bell
A sandcast bronze traditional tofu seller's bell with wooden handle from the Geochang Yugi workshop in Dooma-ri, Geochang-gun, South Korea. Founded in 1924 Geochang Yugi is now in its fourth generation of dedicated craft production. Each piece is cast by hand from a specialist alloy of 78% copper and 22% tin, heated once to 1500c for mixing and again to 1200c in a crucible for manual pouring. Beautifully machined and polished to a lightly brushed satin surface, with their exceptionally high tin content these are towards the silver end of the bronze spectrum. The tin will delay patination but if it does occur a good quality metal polish should restore the lustre. About 16cm high and 9.5cm across the base. One supplied.
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