Atop Kannon-do

Atop Kannon-do  CIMG1005

Today, a peek at a couple of the decorative tiles on top of Kannon-do. The rectangular faces are faces of oni or ogres. These tiles are called oni gawara (ogre tiles) and are often found on buildings at Buddhist temples. The figure to the top of the right-hand image is a type of tomebuta tile, a statue made to affix the corners of traditional tile roofs. There are many different designs for tomebuta tiles, you could fill a whole photo album with pictures of tomebuta tiles from around Kyoto!

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