kugikakushi 釘隠
KEY WORD : architecture / decorations
An ornament used to conceal the head of a large nail on a pressing tie rail *nageshi 長押 and on doors. Made of wood, copper, iron, or gilt bronze. From the Momoyama period techniques of cloisonne *shippou 七宝, inlay *zougan 象嵌, and openwork *sukashibori 透彫, decoration were used, and new materials such as ceramics were introduced. Pre-10c kugikakushi were hemispherical in shape and known as *bai 唄, manjuu kanamono 饅頭金物 (see *manjuugata 饅頭形) or *chichikanamono 乳金物. From about the 10c, kugikakushi were designed using a circle of flower-petal shapes. The most common types were the four-petalled *shiyou 四葉, six-petalled *rokuyou 六葉, and eight-petalled *hachiyou 八葉. They consisted of a central projection *taru-no-kuchi 樽の口 (cask plug), a round body *kikuza 菊座, and surrounding petal shapes *zagane 座金.


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