|KEY WORD : architecture / decorations|
| Also called *rokuyou 六葉. Lit. chrysanthemum
seat. A decorative metal piece that consists of six slightly peaked petals that
join at their widest point to form a heart-shaped pattern. The actual chrysanthemum-shaped
nail cover is separately formed and attached to the six petalled base. A rounded
collar maruza 円座, extends from the chrysanthemum cover. Protruding from
the maruza is a rod-like part called *taru-no-kuchi
樽の口. Kikuza from the 15-17c are usually short and thick with the tip smaller
than the base. After the 17c, kikuza became long and thin with a greater
tip diameter than base diameter. Kikuza were most often used as nail covers
*kugikakushi 釘隠 for penetrating
tie beams *nageshi 長押.
Sometimes they were carved from wood, and the shape adapted for use on gable pendants
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