Dating bronze statues
Heads There are many drawings and sketches of heads by Michelangelo, or his followers, which may be usefully compared to the Rothschild bronzes.
They collected evidence of stone-making, but they found other things too: half-finished bronze sculptures, hefty furnaces, fragments of unused metal and weighty crucibles that could hold up to two litres of molten bronze.
Yet where Angkorian bronze makers would have spent those months in toil has long puzzled researchers – until now.
The discovery of a sprawling bronze workshop found adjacent to the ancient Royal Palace of Angkor has gone a long way in solving the riddle.
Archaeologists estimate the four-armed Hindu deity’s original length at six metres, which makes it comparable to the largest bronzes in the region.
Ancient artists would have spent months slaving over it.