- 學苑 (ISSN:13480103)
- vol.808, pp.16-27, 2008-02
The interiors of samurai residences are known for their reflection of elaborate, intricate and dignified taste of craftsmanship. Among them, naturally, the Honmaru residence of Edo castle, together with the Ooku (Great Interior), represents the supreme level of artifacts of the time. The Ooku Taimenzyo, consisting of Zyodan and Gedan, is one of the buildings of the Ooku where public receptions of Shogun and his wives were held. The author examined more than 10 public or private old documents and plans of the Ooku Taimenzyo made in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate, and collated the records to show what the walls, sliding doors, ceilings, nail covers and fanlight carvings were like. This paper shows the detailed charts of the above accounts and suggests their supremacy. For example, every item was adorned with beautiful drawings by the day's top-notch chartered painter Kano Seisenin. The most intricate and gorgeous style was the coved and coffered ceiling called Oriage Goutenzyo which doubtless, was the outcome of the day's highest technology. Embossed and repeatedly plated high quality nail covers were also elaborate.