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Unless otherwise noted, all works of art illustrated in this publication are in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Cover
Clockwise: details of Helmet, 1877-90; Bhuta Mask, 2004-169-1; Bowl, 1930-1-49; Face of Bhairava, 1998-77-1; and Tray, 1949-43-1. All of these works of art are shown in full within the publication; full captions follow.

Patination
Social Consciousness, 1954, by Jacob Epstein (British, born United States, 1880–1959). Bronze; height 12 feet 2 inches (370.8 cm). Owned by the Fairmount Park Art Association

Mercury Gilding
Eighteenth-century mercury gilding workshop. Etching from the Encyclopédie edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert: Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques, avec leur explication, 2nd part (Paris, 1763)

Leaf
Joan of Arc, 1890, by Emmanuel Frémiet (French, 1824–1910). Gilded bronze; height 15 feet (457.2 cm). Owned by the City of Philadelphia

Eighteenth-century leaf gilding workshop. Etching from the Encyclopédie edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert: Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques, avec leur explication, 2nd part (Paris, 1763)
 

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