|KEY WORD : art history / crafts|
| Ch. Pingtuo. A technique in which thin sheets
of metal are cut into decorative shapes and set in a lacquer base; the metal
is revealed when further coats of lacquer are polished with charcoal or
scraped away. Developed in China, this technique for decorating lacquer
came to Japan in the Nara period and was very popular. It was sometimes
used with *makie 蒔絵.
Since the Heian period, it was called kanagai 金貝. The technique is
usually known as hyoumon 平文 in Japan.
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