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Copper works was one of the centers of Azerbaijan. This is the first copper-based metal found in the area of development in the history of the late Stone Age. After getting the copper various jewelries were made from it in VI millennium BC. Formation of copper works as an art resulted in turning of a number of large cities into centers of copper works in the Middle Ages. Samples prepared from copper and stored in the museums of Europe and Russia once again proves the high level of development of copper works. 
In 1474 the Venetian traveler Kontarini visited the palace of Uzun Hasan, the ruler of the Agqoyunlu dynasty, was noted that approximately 400 people here every day served with meal on copper dishes. Variety of articles of copper prepared by the Azerbaijani copper masters at the beginning of the XIX and XX centuries exhibited at different exhibitions and highly appreciated and rewarded (an exhibition of the Transcaucasian region’s works in 1850, the World Vienna exhibition of 1873 year).
One of the interesting facts is that the copper craftsmen working on copper engraved on it their signatures and therefore it is impossible to misappropriate these works of unique culture of Azerbaijan, kept in world museums.
There were more than 40 types of handicrafts made of copper and generalized in five groups: dinner plates, table plates, water bottles, dairy utensils and household items.
Copper art centers in Azerbaijan was Tabriz, Ganja, Nakhchivan, Baku, Ardabil, Lahij (Ismayilly), etc. Since the nineteenth century Lahij became the main center of copper works. Various items prepared by Lahij copper masters  like  vessel, satıl, sarnij, macmayi, sarpuj, guyum, colander, skimmer, cup, glass, pot, lamp and etc decorated with  complex and delicate ornaments  were known in Central Asia, Dagestan, Georgia, Iran, Turkey and other places.

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