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Elektron
(279 words)

[German version]

I. Middle East

Elektron as a natural alloy of gold and silver that was mostly worked as found in the Middle East and Egypt. According to analysis, objects seemingly consisting of gold usually contain a large amount of silver, which may constitute more than 40% (e.g., vessels from the royal graves of Ur, c. 2600 BC). Later, elektron was also artificially produced as an alloy. Elektron is harder than gold and, therefore, was preferred for jewellery, display weapons, statues, plating, inlays and un…

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Wartke, Ralf-B. (Berlin) and Mlasowsky, Alexander (Hannover), “Elektron”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e328980>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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