|KEY WORD : 1 art history / sculptures, 2 architecture / general terms|
| 1 Rope
made by twisting together strands of straw. In clay statuary, the central wooden
core *shingi 心木, of the statue
was wound with waranawa before clay modelling began. The inner layer of
rough clay *aratsuchi
荒土, was then applied directly to the straw; the clay adhered better to the waranawa
than to timber. If the shingi consisted of a simple wooden pole, then only
this was wrapped in waranawa, and other materials such as copper wire dousen
銅線, and hemp thread *asao 麻紵,
were used to support features and details. However, when a statue had a complex
shingi, with large timbers supporting the arms, legs, and so on, these
were also wrapped in straw rope
2 See *komai 小舞.
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