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Gold has a melting point of 1064.43 °C (1337.5801 K, 1947.9741 °F) while copper has a melting point just 20 °C higher- 1084.6 ºC ( 1357.6 K/ 1984.3 °F). They somehow noticed that malachite (whose green colour comes from copper oxide) melted just before the gold did & used it, in powder form, to join one piece of gold to the other. With nothing but straw sized pipettes to blow on small coal fires inside of clay ovens, they placed the finished part of the piece in wet sand to keep it from melting as they joined the next. Of course knowing these facts still doesn't explain the extraordinary precision.

Your bonus prize for looking!:

Poem for a beautiful woman from a 3,000 year-old papyrus.

She is one girl, there is no one like her.
She is more beautiful than any other.
Look, she is like a star goddess arising at the beginning of a happy new year;
brilliantly white, bright skinned;
with beautiful eyes for looking,
with sweet lips for speaking;
she has not one phrase too many.
With a long neck and white breast,
her hair of genuine lapis lazuli;
her arm more brilliant than gold;
her fingers like lotus flowers,
with heavy buttocks and girt waist.
Her thighs offer her beauty, with a brisk step she treads on ground.
She has captured my heart in her embrace.
She makes all men turn their necks to look at her.
One looks at her passing by, this one, the unique one.

& a few hundred years later:

...Revel in pleasure while your life endures And deck your head with myrrh. Be richly clad In white and perfumed linen; like the gods Anointed be; and never weary grow In eager quest of what your heart desires - Do as it prompts you...

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