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“Shin” style mounting is the mounting format used for paintings and calligraphic works related to Buddhist worship, such as Buddhist paintings, portraits of Zen masters, Buddhist invocations, and calligraphic writings. Sometimes this mounting format is also used for other valuable works. In this type of mounting, a “naka-mawashi” (inner cloth enclosure) is characterized by two “suji-mawashi” (thin, line-like cloth enclosures), inserted inside and outside of the naka-mawashi. A “mawashi” means “an enclosure.” Kinds of Shin style mounting are:
(1) The “shin-no-shin” format has “soto-mawashi” (outside enclosure), naka-mawashi, and “ichimonji-mawashi.” “Ichimonji” are two long strips of cloth put on the top and bottom of the main work.
(2) The “shin-no-gyou” format has soto-mawashi, naka-mawashi, and ichimonji, but the main work is not surrounded by ichimonji.
(3) The “shin-no-sou” format has soto-mawashi and naka-mawashi, but doesn’t have ichimonji.
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