|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
Casting. A technique used to make cast sculptural forms. The base material was heated and melted down to a liquid, which was poured into a mould, igata 鋳型. This was then left to harden and the mould removed to leave a solid form. Metal, plaster, clay or glass could be cast in this way. The term chuuzoubutsu 鋳造仏 refers to cast Buddhist images. *Chuukin 鋳金 refers specifically to metal casting, but since metal was the material most commonly associated with cast images, the terms chuuzou and imono are often used interchangeably with chuukin.
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