Bronze mirrors survive from the Egyptian Middle Kingdom (20401750 BC).Nearly all professional cymbals are made from bronze, which gives a desirable balance of durability and timbre.

27 Bronze statues were regarded as the highest form of sculpture in Ancient Greek art, though survivals are few, as bronze was a valuable material in short supply in the Late Antique and medieval periods.The substitution of iron for bronze in tools and weapons from about 1000 bc was the result of irons abundance compared to copper and tin rather than any inherent advantages of iron.Bladed weapons were mostly cast from classic bronze, while helmets and armor were hammered from mild bronze.

With Chinese ritual bronzes, which are documented in the inscriptions they carry and from other sources, the case is very clear.First, bronze dates back to 3500 BC with the Sumerians, also leading to the Bronze Age.