|KEY WORD : architecture / measurements|
|Lit. small shaku 尺. An ancient unit of length. Introduced in the Taihouryou 大宝令 codes of 701, it measured 29.6cm, but was then scaled down to approximately 25.25cm in 713. It was known as small shaku in comparison with the large shaku *taishaku 大尺 of 30.3cm. The shoushaku was shorter than the *kanejaku 曲尺 which later became the standard measure of length.|
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