Lost-wax metal casting


From creating a wax model to final decoration, artists skillfully demonstrate the lost-wax casting process for Newar Buddhist sculpture.

The lost-wax technique of hollow metal casting, perfected by Newar artists of Kathmandu Valley, has remained a thriving practice from ancient times to the present day. Learn about the elaborate process from the artisans at Foundry Foundation Nepal.


Additional resources

Project Himalayan Art from the Rubin Museum of Art

Art Making on Project Himalayan Art from the Rubin Museum of Art

Goddess of Prosperity, Vasudhara on Project Himalayan Art from the Rubin Museum of Art

Process of Lost Wax Metal Casting on Project Himalayan Art from the Rubin Museum of Art

The Stages of Nepalese Lost Wax Metal Casting on Project Himalayan Art from the Rubin Museum of Art

Cite this page as: The Rubin Museum of Art, "Lost-wax metal casting," in Smarthistory, July 13, 2023, accessed February 24, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/lost-wax-metal-casting/.