Toshodaiji
Image View Description:

Kondo (Main Halll), Exterior: North Facade

Date:
759 CE, 1963 (rebuilt)
Location:
Nara (Japan)
Work Type:
architecture
Material / Technique:
wood
Culture:
Japanese
Style/Period:
Nara
Photographer:
Caleb Smith
Notes:
Large fish-tail shaped ornaments (shibi) on the east and west ends of the topmost ridge of the roof (replaced during the Kamakura Period, 1185-1333). These were thought to protect the building from fire.
Image Source:
The Trustees of Columbia University, Media Center for Art History, Department of Art History and Archaeology
Record ID:
Toshodaiji_6339