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Also shachihoko ιΝ, ιΝ–g. Lit. 'killer whale'. Fish-shaped ornaments at both ends of a roof-ridge. Thought to be a derived from the ornamental ridge end tile *shibi ιτ”φ, and to afford protection against fire, or to bring abundant rain. The head is said to resemble a tiger, and there are sharp spikes along the back. Made either of tile, or a wooden frame covered in clay and plated with gold or copper, or occasionally of stone. Often used on the roofs of castles, samurai Ž˜ dwellings, and tower gates *roumon ˜O–ε, in the Edo period (1600-1868)Aand on private dwellings from the Meiji period (after 1868). An ornate gold shachi on a castle signified the political authority of the castle lord. Good examples of shachi can be seen on: the ridge ends of the miniature shrine *zushi ~Žq in the Kannondou ŠΟ‰Ή“° of Daihouji ‘ε–@Ž›, Nagano prefecture (late 14 - early 15c)..
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Manpukuji Soumon δέ•ŸŽ›‘–ε (Kyoto)
Manpukuji Soumon δέ•ŸŽ›‘–ε (Kyoto)

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