hegi へぎ
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
Written 折, 片木, or 剥.

1 A sculpture process of thinly shaving or scraping.

2 Abbreviation of hegi-ita 折板, meaning shingle or splint. In clay statuary *sozou 塑造 this refered to small pieces of wood which were used in the construction of the inner core *shingi 心木. Clay statues sometimes used a complex inner core, which supported the outer layers of clay modelling. To make the structure of a wide robe for example, hegi were used, sometimes together with copper plates fixed together with metal pins and hemp thread *asao 麻紵. The term hegi was not used to refer to the main timbers of a wooden core, but only to the smaller elements used in the interstices of a complex structure. Hegi were often made from Japanese cypress hinoki 桧.


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