waranawa 藁縄
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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