Definition of toreutics in English:

toreutics

plural noun

  • [treated as singular] The art of making designs in relief or intaglio, especially by chasing, carving, and embossing in metal.

    • ‘The Scythians rejected the Greek way of life, but their aristocracy frequently used jewelry and toreutics made by the Greeks especially for them and adapted to their taste.’
    • ‘The monuments of the Thracian toreutics present the image of the king as a horseman.’
    • ‘The lateral panels of the triptych encased in repousse silverwork were left in their original form as remarkable specimens of the 10th century toreutics, while the rest of the icon was adorned anew with gold, silver, cloisonne enamels and precious stones.’
    • ‘Here you can see masterpieces of Greek toreutics - a chased gilded silver amphora from Chertomlyk, the shoulders of which are decorated with a relief frieze of Scythians taming wild horses.’
    • ‘The representation of the olive tree as a feature of the landscape in wider scenes or as an isolated element is quite common in Greek and Roman art both in pictorial works and in sculpture or in toreutics and in vase painting, where the olive tree is often the symbol of the landscape against which the scene is set.’
    • ‘Since working in bronze is technically more complex than working in wood or clay, they learned new skills in ancient methods: mold making, lost wax casting, toreutics (metal shaping), and patination.’
    • ‘Come visit our store for diamonds, colour stones, maple leaf coins, pearls, engagement rings, wedding rings, repairs, toreutics and many others!’
    • ‘As for toreutics, which products were subjects of trade and were rather mobile, the manufacture and, correspondently, local features of the Sogdian style seemed to be hardly localized.’
    • ‘A significant number of the monuments of Thracian toreutics have been found at burial sites.’
    • ‘The author reveals the encoded semantics of images depicted on amulets, drawings, potter's stamps, and toreutics.’
    • ‘Unlike the Gaulish-Rheinish workshops, which gradually lost contact with the other branches of applied arts, the African workshops maintained a lively relationship with bone carving, toreutics and the production of textiles.’
    • ‘He carried on his studies at the Institute of Art in Rome, where he continued to learn the ancient techniques of toreutics.’
    • ‘The lateral panels of the triptych encased in repoussé silverwork were left in their original form as remarkable specimens of the 10th century toreutics, while the rest of the icon was adorned anew with gold, silver, cloisonné enamels and precious stones.’
    • ‘In the middle of the pectoral there is a vegetable ornament with birds, typical for Greek toreutics, which is interpreted as the World Tree symbol, uniting all three worlds.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek toreutikos, from toreuein to work in relief.

Pronunciation:

toreutics

/təˈruːtɪks/