The Art of Architecture

Gateway from the Mausoleum of Shogun Ieyasu

Gateway

Gateway from the Mausoleum of Shogun Ieyasu
Nikko, Japan
Built 1634-6
Model, replacement figures; about 1900; lacquered, gilded and painted wood; made in Japan; given by Oscar Raphael and Chester Beatty
Victoria and Albert Museum


In the 7th century the Japanese adopted the Chinese system of building, with pillars, beams and sets of brackets to support the roof (often the most prominent part of the structure). Over the following centuries, the bracket systems and decoration became extremely elaborate.  

 

 

 
 
 
 
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