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wǎdàng 瓦當


  • wadang (Pinyin without tones)
  • 瓦當 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 瓦当 (Simplified Chinese)
  • wǎdàng (Pinyin)
  • wa-tang (Wade-Giles)
  • tile ends (lit.) (English)
  • barrel tile ends (English)1
  • eaves-tile ends (English)2


    Type of barrel tile (筒瓦 tongwa) used to cap the end of a line of covering tiles at the eaves.

    瓦當的本意是瓦頭.現指 筒瓦 的一種,剖面如 "┍—",作為蓋瓦用於檐頭以遮擋檐部.如"勾頭".在清代文獻中,"瓦當"似通常專指等較早時期的瓦當.

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  • 1 2018. ATTCAT 2018Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 FU. 2017. Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays, 349.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

Broad Match: roofing tiles

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