dakkatsu kanshitsu 脱活乾漆
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
Also dakkanshitsu 脱乾漆, dakkatsu kanshitsuzou 脱活乾漆像, dakkatsu kanshitsu-zukuri 脱活乾漆造. Hollow dry lacquer. A method of making lacquer statues, popular in the Hakuhou and Nara periods. First a rough core was modelled in clay, and then several layers of hemp cloth soaked in lacquer were wound around the clay core, each layer being left to harden before the next layer was added. The clay core is removed either by scraping it out of the lacquer casing or by cutting the lacquer figure into segments, removing the core, and rejoining the segments. This formed a lightweight, hollow statue. Surface details were applied in *kokuso-urushi 木屎漆, a paste made by mixing lacquer, flour, and wood-powder. A wooden framework *shingi 心木 was usually placed inside the statue to prevent warping.


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