tokin 鍍金
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
Gilding. A decorative technique used in metalwork, where an object was coated with a thin layer of gold. In Japan this technique was most commonly used for buddhist statues made of bronze *kondou 金銅. It flourished during the 7-8c, and then saw a revival in the Kamakura period . Two methods were used in gilding: 1) the surface of the work was coated with an amalgam of gold and mercury, which was heated and fixed, or 2) the surface was first coated with mercury, and then gold leaf was applied to a heated surface.


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