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Silk iron
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This is an extremely rare utilitarian bronze object. Dating from the Warring States Period, it was used for ironing silk. The bronze body is a cast made from a mold consisting of three sections. After removing from the mold, the object would have been rubbed with abrasives to create a smooth surface. Burial has resulted in the bronze developing a blush green patina characteristic of Ancient Chinese bronzes. The piece consists of a shallow dish with a curved rounded everted rim connected to a hinged handle which can be locked in a horizontal position by means of a little silk worm shaped catch. Hot embers would have been placed inside the shallow dish and the resulting hot smooth underside of the dish would have been run over a section of silk to remove creases.

History of the Object
After being cut from its wooden loom tranches of woven silk material were ironed using a silk iron such as this. Traditionally, sericulture was performed by women and the famous Northern Song Dynasty painting in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 'Court Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk' clearly shows women stretching silk while another carefully runs a hot silk iron over the surface of the material.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Overall: 26 cm; Width of mouth: 10.2 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Changsha, Hunan Province 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 5th century ~ BCE 3rd century 
Creation date
BCE; 5th Century BCE - 3rd Century BCE; Warring States Period (475 BCE-221 BCE) 
Function
Silk iron 
Acquisition
This object was sold by Sydney L. Moss on 12th July 1950 to Sir William Burrell for £60; by whom it was gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow in 1950. 
Copyright
The image of this object belongs to the Burrell Collection. For any enquiry on access to this image, please contact the Photograph Library at: Photolibrary@glasgowlife.org.uk 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
City of Glasgow 
Museum
The Burrell Collection 
Credit line
©Copyright Culture & Sports Glasgow (Museums) 

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