gubiki 具引き
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Applying an undercoat to paper to be used for painting. The undercoat consists of a thin solution of animal glue *nikawa 膠 mixed with a white pigment; kaolin *hakudo 白土 or white lead *enpaku 鉛白 were used untill the Muromachi period, and oyster-shell pigment *gofun 胡粉 from the 16c. The undercoat smooths out irregularities in the paper and helps to bring out the colour of paints and ink. Sometimes coloured pigments *ganryou 顔料 are mixed into the coating for decorative effect. Coated paper is known as gubikishi 具引き紙.


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