KITAYAMA: BEYOND THE GOLDEN PAVILION – TAASA Review September 2023
Matthew Stavros I n the summer of 2016, archaeologists working on the grounds of the temple of Kinkakuji (formally, Rokuonji) in Kyoto’s northwest, unearthed a large chunk of solid bronze.
Using diagnostic equipment, they quickly determined that the object was part of a large vertical finial such as those that stand atop pagodas throughout Asia.
Calculating the size of the whole from the excavated part revealed that the original disk-like object likely measured an impressive 2.3 metres in diameter (Higashi 2017: 28-40). The Golden Pavilion in 1865...