Polychromed sculptures in Japan

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Journal Article


Yamasaki, Kazuo; Nishimura, K.;


Studies in conservation, Volume 15, Number 4, p.278-293 (1970)


Buddhist statues, clay, Gloiopeltis furcata postels et ruprecht, history, Japan, paintings, polychrome, polychrome sculpture, sculpture, technique, wood


Japanese sculptures are made of wood, dry lacquer, clay, gilt bronze and stone. Buddhistic statues, made of wood, are the most abundant. The painting techniques of the wooden sculptures, including ground coating, pigments, and application of Japanese lacquer, are described, and typical examples of Buddhistic statues are given. Specific case studies on a clay statue and a wooden sculpture are made.