keban 華盤
KEY WORD : architecture / general terms
1 Also called *ukebana 受花. A section of a lotus pedestal *rengeza 蓮華座 which resembles a flower platter. It takes the form of a round and relatively flat open lotus flower with six or eight petals. The flower petals turn upward, in contrast with the petals of a *kaeribana 反花, which turn downward. The keban is usually placed between the *renben 蓮弁, the lotus petals in the upper register, and the *shikinasu 敷茄子, the bulging middle section of the base. In a more complex rengeza, the keban is placed between the upper and lower shikinasu. Lotus pedestals with keban were used for 8c sculpture, as for example, the Fukuukenjaku Kannon 不空羂索観音 in Toudaiji *Hokkedou 東大寺法華堂, Nara. After lotus pedestals became more popular and more complex in the Heian period, keban became more frequent.

2 More commonly referred to as keko 華籠. The flower baskets or plates that are used for Buddhist flower-scattering rituals.


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