Decoration techniques: chokin - 装飾技法:彫金

Decoration techniques: chokin - 装飾技法:彫金

The gold deer, wild boar and birds applied to the surface of the Mazarin Chest were created by beating out thin copper sheet, chasing in fine-line detailing and then gilding. The silver animals were beaten out from sheet silver, which has tarnished black. This technique, which was also used to make the small metal flowers that appear in various parts of the design of the chest, is called chokin (‘carved gold / metal’). The metal components are fixed in place with shitaji foundation (lacquer mixed with clay).

金の鹿、猪、鳥は、打ち出した薄い銅板に細線で細部を彫り、それに金鍍金を施す技法で表されています。銀の動物は銀板を打ち出したもので、それが錆化により黒く見えます。この技法は彫金と呼ばれ、チェストの各所に現れる小さな金属の花の表現にも使われています。金属部分は漆と粘土を混ぜた下地で固定されています。