|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
| Also izarai. A finishing stage in the making
of cast metal statues. When a cast statue was removed from its mould, there were
rough or badly defined areas on its surface. A graver *tagane
鏨, was used to level these areas to create a beautiful, smooth finish. This work
was known as isarai. Isarai was used on many ancient Japanese statues,
and was particularly appropriate when working with relatively soft metals like
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