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SCULPTURE vs. STATUE   彫刻 vs. 像


  • A sculpture is a three-dimensional (= 3D) work of art made by shaping stone, wood, metal, etc.

    A statue is a sculpture in the shape of a person or animal.
  • sculpture とは、石や木、金属などから形作られた、立体的な芸術作品、つまり、彫刻、という意味です。

    statue は、人や動物の形をした彫刻、つまり、像、という意味です。



  1. a: Did you enjoy the exhibit?
    b: The paintings were just okay, but there were some really nice sculptures in marble and bronze.
  2. (talking about a day in Hakone)
    We went hiking along the Old Tokaido Highway, then spent the afternoon at the outdoor sculpture garden.
  3. The statue of David by Michelangelo is one of the most famous pieces of sculpture in the world.
  4. The first thing many immigrants to the United States saw when they arrived at New York Harbor was the Statue of Liberty.
  5. a: I'll meet you in Shibuya at 6:30, by Hachiko outside the station.
    b: Hachiko?
    a: You know, the statue of the dog.
  6. (a visitor to Japan)
    I definitely want to see the great (= large) statue of the Buddha while I'm in Kamakura.

英会話レッスンWe've enjoyed strolling through the temples and shrines of Japan with you this week. Now that you've got some necessary vocabulary under your belt, why not spend a day visiting the real thing this weekend? Bye for now!