gōutóu 勾頭



  • goutou (Pinyin without tones)
  • 勾頭 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 勾头 (Simplified Chinese)
  • gōutóu (Pinyin)
  • kou-t'ou (Wade-Giles)
  • hooked heads (lit.) (English)
  • barrel tile ends (English)


    A goutou is the barrel tile at the bottom of each tile row used to cap the ends (Liang 1981, 78). This term is commonly found in Ming and Qing dynasty texts. An earlier term for this element is "wadang". 1

    “勾頭”是筒瓦每隴最下有圓盤為頭之瓦 (梁 1981,78)。作為蓋瓦用於檐頭以遮擋檐部。時期文獻中的勾頭如以前的 "瓦當"。 1

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  • 1 梁. 1981. 清式營造則例, 78.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

Broad Match: roofing tiles

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JIA Tingli 賈亭立 et al., “ 勾頭 gōutóu” in Architectura Sinica last modified May 31, 2023, https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000108.


JIA Tingli 賈亭立 et al., “ 勾頭 gōutóu.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published January 18, 2020. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000108.

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