Forma, Vol. 22 (No. 1), pp. 103-111, 2007
Original Paper

Analysis of Impression from Geometric Patterns in Textiles of Cultural Properties in Japan

Kumiko Goto1, Akihiko Goto2*, Asami Nakai1, Masanori Sato3, Kazunari Morimoto1 and Hiroyuki Hamada1

1Kyoto Institute of Technology, Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8585, Japan
2Osaka Sangyo University, 3-1-1 Nakagaito, Daito, Osaka 574-8530, Japan
3Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, 2-9-1 Nijo-cho, Nara 630-8577, Japan
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(Received November 3, 2006; Accepted September 5, 2007)

Keywords: Analysis of Impression, Geometric Patterns, Textiles of Cultural Properties, Shoso-in (the treasure house), Circle Patterns

Abstract. The cultural properties preserved in Shoso-in (the treasure house) and Horyuji (Horyu-Temple) in Nara Prefecture from the 7th century to the 8th century is extremely meaningful in history of Japan. In Shoso-in and Horyuji, quite a lot of articles left by the departed at this age exist. It is important to observe the sensibilities at that time. In this paper, we paid attention to the patterns of beaded medallions, which are one of geometric patterns, in the textiles of the cultural properties. The patterns are composed of the outer circle, the inner circle and the beaded medallions. Analysis of impression from the circle patterns was carried out. For many persons, the favorite circle patterns are such patterns that the beaded medallions are contacted between the outer circle and the inner circle. The patterns of the beaded medallions in textiles of cultural properties were accepted enough to modern people.

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