Handcrafted Teak Sawdust Dragon.

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Handcrafted Teak Sawdust Dragon. 

The hollow-core dry-lacquer technique (dakkatsu kanshitsu) of sculpture, which was developed in China and enjoyed a sudden fluorescence in the Nara period. The technique required the creation of a rough clay-sculpted model on a wooden armature. This form was then covered with successive layers of lacquer-soaked hemp, each of which had to be dry before the next could be applied. Next, the back of the sculpture was cut open, the clay is broken out, and, if necessary, a fresh armature inserted. Final surface refinements and details were then added using a paste mix of lacquer, sawdust, flour, and ground incense. Pigments and gold leaf were used to colour the finished form. Some sources suggest that the use of the new technique was encouraged in Japan because the casting of the Great Buddha at Tōdai Temple caused a shortage of the copper needed for bronze production. In addition, lacquer had the advantages of durability, insect resistance, and lightweight. Perhaps most importantly, this additive technique of sculpting offered a more easily managed range of plastic expression.

Item Code - WOO4B1955WAR

Width: 4 5/8"  Height: 5 7/8"  Depth: 3 7/8"  Weight: 113 g


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