saishikizou 彩色像
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
A painted statue, usually a Buddhist image. Saishikizou are colored over the entire surface of the figure; statues with only a few painted features are not saishikizou. Most saishikizou are clay *sozou 塑像 or wooden *mokuchou 木彫 figures. A hard lacquer priming *kataji 硬地 is usually applied before painting, sometimes over a layer of hemp cloth. A layer of earth pigment *ganryou 顔料 such as kaolin *hakudo 白土 provides a ground on which the colors are painted. A technique developed during the Kamakura period was moriage saishiki 盛り上げ彩色, where layers of paint were built up to create decoration in relief. A figure with painted robes and lacquered flesh areas is known as shue kintai 朱衣金躰. An artist specializing in applying color to statues is called *saishiki busshi 彩色仏師.


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