The primeval arms were the hands, the nails, and the teeth, Together with stones and branches, the fragments of the forests; Afterwards was found the power of iron and of bronze, But the use of bronze was known before that of iron.
Bronze implements are obtained by casting, and, it is believed, by subsequent hammering while hot. (See supra.) Bronze and copper were cast in ancient Egypt; the Chinese state that Yu, who was semiking with a partner (Chun) on the throne of China, 2200 B. C., caused nine vases to be cast, on which were engraved maps of the nine provinces of the Empire.
The Greeks, Etruscans, and the pupils of the latter, the Romans, excelled in the art; and the museums of Europe have almost numberless specimens of their art in statuary, household utensils, and ornaments.
When the Spaniards first entered the province of Tuspan, they mistook the bright copper or bronze axes of the natives for gold, and were greatly mortified, after they had accumulated them in