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The Roof Tiles of Fujiwarakyo Yakushiji

by Donald F. McCallum, UCLA

Often little survives of early temples with the exception of foundation stones and roof tiles; the latter are both intrinsically interesting and of crucial significance in establishing chronologies. In this paper I will briefly survey the roof tiles used at Asukadera, Kudara Odera, and Kawaradera, and then focus on those of Fujiwarakyo Yakushiji. I will show how these tiles can be used to establish the chronology of the temple and also how they relate to those of both the Fujiwara Palace and to Heijokyo Yakushiji.

Conference paper presented at Buddhism In (and Out of) Place Conference held 17-18 October 2004

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