KEY WORD :@architecture / roofing tiles
The inner section of the pendant *gatou , attached to a semi-circular, convex eave-end tile *nokimarugawara ۊ. It includes the petals *kaben ԕ, leaf sprouts shiyou qt, and a central core, which can be called a seed pod with a varying number of seeds *renji @q. The space around the seeds is called *chuubou [. Small triangular forms fill the natural interstices resulting from the curve of the petals. In some examples a thin line, distinct from the sides of the petals, extends delicately to the central core. In other examples, the form is heavy and broad and may have a raised nipple in the center. This part is called kanben ԕ (between the petals). But it is thought to represent the pistil and/or stamen of the blossom. The form is considered to have been introduced from Koguryo (Jp: Koukuri 嗅) in the 7c. A representative example of an early form having a wedge shaped pattern called kusabigata `, was unearthed at the site of Minami Shigadera 쎠ꎛ in Shiga prefecture. Examples have been found at Heijoukyuuseki { in Nara, and at many temples including the site of Kawaradera 쌴 in Nara, the ruins of the Funabashidera D in Osaka, the traces of Suufukuji in Shiga prefecture, and at the ruins of Takaidadera c in Osaka. When the broad, concave eave end tile *nokihiragawara , has an inner area separated from the surrounding border, this is also called the naiku.


*kinsei karakusamon ϐ

a) *shuuen @@b) joutai с@@c) chuushin kazari S
d) *shimotai с@e) *gaiku O@f) naiku

*henkou karakusamon ΍s

a) *shuuen @@b) joutai с@@c) *karakusamon
d) *shimotai с@e) *gaiku O@f) naiku
nokimarugawara ۊ

a) *shuuen @b) shumontai 앶с@c) kanben ԕف@d *renji Aq
e) *chuubou [@f) *renben Aف@g) *gaiku O@h) naiku
*kaben ԕ
@@@soben f tanben Pف@@

*chuubou [ and *renji Aq

*gaiku O@

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