The Art of Architecture

Detail from a ceiling, Ueno Temple Complex


Detail from a ceiling. Built 1625-50
Ueno Temple Complex; Tokyo, Japan
Model; 1877; painted, lacquered and gilded wood, with brass mounts; made in Japan
Victoria and Albert Museum

Japanese buildings used many of the techniques found in furniture and other forms of woodwork, such as lacquer and gilding. This full-scale model of part of a ceiling displays a phoenix and the ‘mon’, or badge, of the ruling Tokugawa shoguns.



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