Repoussé Is the French word meaning “to push”. It is the technique of decorating the surface of metal by using tools to raise or indent it (tooling and chasing). Around this mirror is a repousséd frame. Indian Brass Mandala
Gary Dadyan, a Russian artist is using various tools associated with repoussé. Can you list some of them and think of anything else you might be able to use?
The art of Repoussé is a ancient form of art. Mycenaean Repoussé of Agamemnon’s Funeral Mask and one of his gold cups. Both are over 3000 years old!
This man is working on a very detailed repoussé. Indian copper plaque that depicts the life of Buddha.
These are both Indian Repoussés. Can you guess which one is a Brass Mandala Plaque and a Bhairava sculpture?
Both are Nepalese Repousséd Masks. Nepal is a country that is in between what two countries? China & India in the Himalaya Mountains.
This pitcher and spoon are made out of silver and are eloquently repousséd. They were designed for Tiffany’s and are quite expensive.
Both examples of Mayan Repoussé (300 AD-1700) Jewelry, and a Mayan funerary tunic.
Today repoussé is a popular way of making jewelry.
And is still very popular as wall décor and for ornamentation.
Repoussé Recap Is the French word meaning “to push” Ancient form of metalsmithing. Is the technique of decorating the surface of metal by using tools to “tool or chase”. Today you will start the process of making your own repoussé using a soft sheet metal and a wood or plastic stylus. Please make sure you follow directions and the steps given to you.