renniku 蓮肉
CATEGORY: art history / sculptures
 
The central section of a lotus flower pedestal *rengeza 蓮華座 on which a Buddhist image usually stands or sits. It is shaped like a cone with a flat top, with many flower stamens shibe 蕊 (also read zui, also written 蕋, 蘂, or しべ) carved around its edges. The lotus petals *renben 蓮弁 may project directly out of the renniku, but in the Nara and early Heian periods (8-9c), the petals sometimes projected out of the *fukijiku 葺軸, a separate section placed below the renniku.
 
 

 
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