kikieda 利き枝
KEY WORD : architecture / gardens
A large and powerful branch which dominates a tree. The kikieda featured in garden design and also in paintings where it was used functionally, to extend the tree motif over several screen or *fusuma 襖 panels, and symbolically, to represent the extended power of military leaders. A good example is found in Kanou Tan'yuu's 狩野探幽 (1602-74) painting of pine and peacocks in the Oohiroma 大広間 at Nijoujou Ni-no-maru 二条城二の丸 in Kyoto. The returning branch *modorieda 戻り枝, sometimes serves a similar function.


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