Materials & Techniques

Stamping and Punching

Similar to repoussé, stamping was used to make a repeated decoration in sheet metal. A punch with the desired design in relief was repeatedly hammered into a yeilding surface such as pitch, or into a negative mold. The process allowed the jeweler to reproduce identical decorations.

Excerpt from

Barbara Deppert-Lippitz, with contributions from Anne R. Bromberg and John Dennis, Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art__ (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press, 1996), 21.