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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Gold Coated Roof Tiles Excavated in Kyoto

gold coated roof tile金箔瓦、上京で大量出土 桃山時代の大名屋敷彩る

At an excavation site near the corner of Karasuma - Kamichoja, in north central Kyoto, roof tiles decorated with gold leaf have been unearthed.

They are thought to have been used as decorative pieces on a large roof.

One of the tiles bears the family crest of the Toyotomi family, which ruled Japan in the pre-Edo period.


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