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Brass brazier
Brass brazier of outstanding art, late 19th - early 20th cent., Thessaloniki, Folklore Museum.

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Brass brazier
Late 19th - early 20th century

In Macedonia, metalwork flourished mainly from the 18th century onwards, the major centres being Thessaloniki, Kozani, Edessa, Kastoria, Serres, Katerini, Mount Athos, Amyntaion, and others.

In Thessaloniki, in particular, there was a famous bronze market near the Panayia Chalkeon (Kazantzilar Zami), a district of the city that had a tradition in bronze-working from ancient times.

The Turkish origins of the metal vessels are attested by their names and the names of the materials of which they were made: 'briki' (coffee-pot), 'sini' (circular tray), 'goudi' (nortar), 'kazani' (cauldron), 'mangali' (brazier), 'bakiri' (copper) and 'kalas' (pewter).

The vessels were hammered or cast, and decorated with engraved or, more rarely, relief or open-work motifs. They are often engraved with a date and the name of the owner or maker. Metal objects were sold at markets and religious festivals, or were offered by itinerant pedlars.

See Also
Civilization - Metal objects (324-565)
Metalwork (867-1204)
Sculpture and metalwork (867-1204)

Macedonian Heritage
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