|kigata imono 木型鋳物|
|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
| A method of metal casting using a wooden model.
The wooden model was called kigata 木型. The kigata was carved first,
and over this a clay mould (sometimes called *megata
雌型) was made, which was then used for casting. Recent research suggests that the
kigata imono method was used in the production of all gilt bronze images
during and after the Late Heian period.
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