Artists in the Kyoto suburb of Uji have brought the Heian Period (794-1185) back to life by re-creating the original interior of the Byodoin temple's Phoenix Hall.
Using state-of-the-art digital copying technology, images of the original interior were open to the media at the temple's Museum Hoshokan on April 18.
Artists painted replica pictures on resin sheets of those originally found on pillars and beams in Phoenix Hall, which was constructed in 1053.
To make the copies, photos of replica pictures were taken, with light shed from a diagonal angle. This technique creates a 3-D impression of the patterns shown in natural light and makes visible the parts of uneven painting originally done by artists more than nine centuries years ago.
Temple officials said these are the first 3-D re-creations of an interior of an existing structure built in the Heian Period.
The re-creation at Museum Hoshokan opened to the public on April 19.
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