Famous uses of Copper
Much of the copper used in Mesopotamia was used to create “foundation figures”. These figures were cast in copper and placed beneath the foundation of a building (often a temple), and were never meant to be found; they were only intended for the Gods. The most well-known figure excavated from this time is the “Foundation Figure of King Ur-nammu” (ca. 2112–2004 BCE).
Mining copper from Sinai, the Egyptians used the to make agricultural tools such as sickles and hoes, as well as cookware, dishes, saws, chisels and knives. Additionally, known for their fondness for personal beautification, they made mirrors and razors from copper
In India, copper was often used in the making of tools and weapons, as well as in the creation of religious statues, with the most well-known being a copper statue of Buddha found in Sultanganj in the district of Bhagalpur in Bihar. It is 2.3 metres tall, a metre wide and weighs over half a tonne.