|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
| A method of metal casting where the form of the
desired object was carved into a sandstone mould, and molten metal was poured
into the carved hollow. This technique was used in Yayoi period
to make bronze swords, spears and halberts. It was also used to make many early
examples of doutaku 銅鐸 (bell-shaped objects) with a ritual function.
Later examples are thought to have been made using a clay mould.
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