Doors regain their luster at Kyoto's renowned Phoenix Hall

posted on October 5, 2015

Two "hinoki" cypress doors installed in the Phoenix Hall at the Byodoin temple here have been restored to the original vermillion color used when the hall was founded in the Heian Period (794-1185).

The west-facing doors, each 2.6 meters tall, 1.2 meters wide and weighing about 120 kilograms, are part of the 12 doors set up in four directions at the main building of the hall.

The 12 doors are believed to have been originally painted with a glossy vermillion lacquer. The west-facing doors, shown to reporters on Oct. 2, were the first to be restored to their original appearances at the temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ten of the original doors were replaced in the Edo Period (1603-1867) and Showa Era (1926-1989). But the replacements were painted with lusterless pigments.

source by newsonjapan
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