byakudan 白檀
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
Sandalwood; santalum album. A tree with fine-grained hard wood, native to India and Southeast Asia. The wood is pale-yellow colored and has a strong fragrance. It is used for Buddhist statues *danzou 檀像, fans ougi 扇, and prayer beads juzu 数珠. The wood nearest the root of the tree, which has the strongest fragrance and a rich gold color, is known as oudan 黄檀. There are approximately 20 varieties of sandalwood, including the light-red akasendan or shakusendan 赤栴檀.

*sendan 栴檀

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