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nanako@‹›XŽq
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Also written ‹›Žq, ŽÎŽq. Lit. fish-roe.
1@A pattern of small dots thought to resemble fish-roe, and usually used as a background pattern on metal fittings *kanagu ‹à‹ï. The pattern is beaten out with an indented burin or chisel called nanakotagane ‹›XŽqèS. A background pattern of this type is called nanakoji ‹›XŽq’n. The pattern is often found on silverware, as for example in the background decoration of Tang Chinese silver mirrors (618-907). It is sometimes found on Song Chinese ceramic ware (960-1279). The oldest extant example in Japan can be seen on a bronze plaque depicting a scene from the Lotus Sutra, Hokke Sessou douban-zu –@‰Øà‘Š“º”} (late 7c) in Hasedera ’·’JŽ›, Nara. The *Shousouin ³‘q‰@ in Nara, also contains items decorated with nanako, as well as the chisels nanakotagane, used to make them.

2@Also *nanakogaki ‹›ŽqŠ_. A type of garden fence made from semi-circular pieces.
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