tokin 鍍金
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
Gilding. A decorative technique used in metalwork, where an object was coated with a thin layer of gold. In Japan this technique was most commonly used for Buddhist statues made of bronze *kondou 金銅. It flourished during the 7-8c, and then saw a revival in the Kamakura period. Two methods were used in gilding: 1) the surface of the work was coated with an amalgam of gold and mercury, which was heated and fixed; or 2) the surface was first coated with mercury, and then gold leaf was applied to a heated surface.


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