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Ka --In the Old Kingdom of Egypt, the human spirit which departed the body after death. Carried over into architecture by frequent use of the false door in tombs for passage by the ka after burial. From earliest times, Egyptians made extensive provisions for maintenance of the ka, offering food, wine, cosmetics, etc., for use on the journey to tuat, or the next world. On many mastabas, the ka was carved or painted in direct representation of the occupant.

Kaaba --(Arabic kabah, a square building, from kab, cube) The small, almost cubical stone building in the court of the great mosque at Mecca, which contains the sacred black rock thought by Moslems to have been given to Abraham by Gabriel. It is the object of annual pilgrimage by the faithful, and the worship center to which Moslems turn in daily prayers at the call of the muezzin (q.v.). Also spelled caaba.

Kabaro --A small drum of Egypt.

Kabe--A Japanese mural or wall-painting.

Kachhapi villa --A musical instrument of India consisting of a gourd-shaped body about four feet in length, the bulbous base tapering into a neck. The neck is furnished with frets, and five strings pass from the base of the instrument over a bridge and across the frets.

Kachina --In American archaeology, a niche believed to have been used by the Hopi and others for ceremonial depositing of costumes, masks, etc., when not in use. Properly known as katcina (q.v.).

Kachina dolls --See Hopi kachinas.

Kacho -- A composite Japanese painting always containing a rock, a tree, a flower, and a bird.

Kafas --Ancient Hebrew dance term occurring in the OLD TESTAMENT; see mahol.

Kagura suzu --A musical instrument of Japan consisting of a handle of wood with two wire hoops at one end, upon which are hung a number of small bells. This is used in orchestras and in temples as a device for marking time. Compare with kajirei (q.v.).

Kailāsanātha --The vast sculptural edifice in India, commonly known as stūpikā (q.v.).

Kailyard School --A group of writers in the 1890's picturing humble life in Scotland, with much of the native dialect. In reaction, George Douglas (Brown) wrote THE HOUSE WITH THE GREEN SHUTTERS in 1901.

Kaiserteller --In metalwork, esp. pewter, an elegant platter of huge proportions, ornamented on the upper surface with engraved representations of one or more of the German emperors.

K'ai-ti --A small variety of so-na (q.v.), the reed (double-beating) musical instrument of China.

Kajirei --A musical device of Japan used in marking time. It consists of hollow rings strung on a bent wire, to the ends of which is fastened a wooden handle by means of which it is shaken. Compare with kagura suzu (q.v.).

Kakemono --A Japanese painting or example of calligraphy mounted with brocade margins incorporating a cylindrical rod at the bottom, on which the painting, etc., can be rolled up when not in use, and

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