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Spotted bronze glimmers in Yunnan province

(Chinaculture.org) Updated: 2016-09-06 11:23 Comments

Spotted bronze glimmers in Yunnan province

Wang Wei works on a spotted bronze ware in Huize county, Yunnan province, Sep 3, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Craftsman Zhang Wei, 28, inherited the spotted bronze craft, a traditional skill to make spots and figures on bronze wares.

Before Zhang devoted himself to spotted bronze wares making, he once had a proper work with a more stable income at a state-owned enterprise. Yet the passion to inherit the spotted bronze craft allured him to become a professional craftsman.

It often takes him two to three months to finish a spotted bronze ware, which undergoes at least 20 processes. Due to a lack of material and difficulty in passing down the craft, hand-made spotted bronze wares are extremely precious.

In 2008, the spotted bronze craft was listed as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

"I hope more people get to know spotted bronze, and let the craft be passed down," Zhang said.

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