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zenshuuyou kouran @T@l
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Also called karayou kouran l. A railing or balustrade *kouran , with features characteristic of the Zen T style. The most easily identified is the newel post *giboshi [, which has an inverted, stylized lotus flower *gyakuren t@, with a tapered stem that extends upward or has petals that are slightly flared with a bulbous form on top. Newer posts also have upright, half-opened, simplified lotus patterns or one atop the other holding an undecorated bulbous form. The top railings are supported by carved lotus leaf struts *kayouzuka חt. When used on altars *shumidan {d, the top rail *hokogi ˖, often slopes downward in an elongated curve toward the center front. When compared to Japanese style *wayou al railings, the Zen style railings are conspicuous for the use of ornamentation and curvilinear forms.
Examples: Engakuji *Shariden ~oɗa (1558-1570) in Kanagawa prefecture; Rinnouji Taiyuuin *Reibyou ։Q@_ (1654) in Tochigi prefecture; Buttsuuji Ganki-in *Jizoudou ʎܝ@n (1407) in Hiroshima prefecture.
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Rinnouji Taiyuuin Reibyou ։Q@_ (Tochigi)

a) *hokogi ˖؁@@b) *kayouzuka חt@@c) *hirageta
d) *jifuku n@@e) komitatarazuka a@@f) *gyakuren t@
g) *nigirihasu @@@h) kouran-oyabashira e

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