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Ornamental metal fittings. Metalwork pieces *kanagu , attached to parts of a building or to architectural fittings *tategu , for decoration and reinforcement. Often iron or copper, but other metals such as gilt bronze were also used. Similar ornaments made of wood, stone, or clay can also be called kazarikanagu. Methods of decoration included openwork *sukashibori , hairline engraving *kebori ђ, and inlaid mirrors and precious stones: arabesque patterns *karakusamon were frequently used. *Koguchi kanagu ، are used to decorate and protect the ends of rafters, and the end of the brace *hirageta and the handrail *hokogi ˖ on a balustrade *kouran . Long narrow ornamental fittings *hassou kanagu o are nailed horizontally to a doorframe, or the frame of a pedestal *daiza . Metal fittings known as obikanagu ы are found on right-angled joints in ceiling coffers, frame-members *kamachi y, and pressing tie rails *nageshi . Ornamental fittings concealing nails *kugikakushi BB are made in various shapes, such as the four-petalled *shiyou lt, six-petalled *rokuyou Zt, and eight-petalled *hachiyou t. These are used on doors, pillars, and pressing tie rails. Outstanding early examples of kazarikanagu can be seen on the *Tamamushi no zushi ʒ~q owned by Houryuuji @, Nara (mid-7c). This lacquered-wood miniature shrine has numerous metal decorations on beam ends and structural timbers, ornamented with openwork honeysuckle-arabesque patterns *nindou karakusamon E~ and pearl motif *renjumon A앶.
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