(Persia Digest) – Brass beating is a traditional art in Iran and a famous handicraft of Isfahan in the metal arts.
This involves engraving patterns on metal alloy objects, especially copper, gold, silver, and brass.
The exact date when the art began is not known, but the use of metals, and brass in particular, goes back many centuries in Iran. Its known beginnings were engravings on mountains, old houses, and kings’ palaces. This changed subsequently to engravings on metals and precious stones.
Brass beating in Isfahan Province is one of its oldest, most famous arts and the tools can be found in most homes and antique shops. The engravings are done on copper and brass vases, large round trays, cigarette boxes, salt shakers, picture frames, and various metal dishes by the masters of the art every day in the shops in Chahar Bagh Street and those around Naghsh-e Jahan Square. These are available for sale to visitors from home and abroad. Master Akbar Hamidi is one of Isfahan’s best known masters of brass beating who has a studio in the Naghsh-e Jahan Square bazaar.
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