Decoration techniques: takamaki-e and kirikane - 加飾技法:高蒔絵と切金

Decoration techniques: takamaki-e and kirikane - 加飾技法:高蒔絵と切金

Many variations of the basic maki-e technique have been used on the Mazarin Chest. Takamaki-e ('raised sprinkled picture') decoration has been used to create the tree trunk that features in this image. The trunk was built up and modelled in low relief using a mixture of lacquer and fine clay prior to being sprinkled with gold powder. It can be seen how small pieces of gold and silver foil known as kirikane ('cut gold / metal') were applied to add variety and texture. The silver kirikane has suffered from the effects of raised relative humidity and pollutants, and the corrosion products that have formed as a result have crept out over adjacent gold surfaces.

マザラン・チェストには幾種類かの蒔絵の技法が使われています。この写真の木の幹は高蒔絵技法で描かれています。漆ときめの細かい粘土を混ぜて低く盛り上げたところに金粉が蒔かれています。さらに切金という金銀の薄板の小片が置かれ、全体にアクセントを加えています。銀の切金は相対湿度の上昇と汚染物質により錆化し、その結果生じた腐食性生成物が隣接の金部分まで浸食しています。