Casting (lugzo)

Another kind of sculpture is the so-called “bronze” images, which require specific techniques: wax casting and sand casting. These images are of deities and religious figures and the techniques originated from the Newari craftsmen of Kathmandu.

Wax casting or lost wast casting is more time consuming than sand-casting where a non-permanent rough sand mould is used. In both case the finishing of ornaments and details are done by hand. A good caster has to be skilled in drawing, sculpturing, casting, welding, carving and polishing. Many great religious figures used to cast images and ritual objects.