tǒngwǎ 筒瓦



  • tongwa (Pinyin without tones)
  • 筒瓦 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 㼧瓦 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 筒瓦 (Simplified Chinese)
  • tǒngwǎ (Pinyin)
  • t'ong-wa (Wade-Giles)
  • barrel tiles (lit.) (English)1
  • barrel tiles (ATTCAT preferred) (English)


    Barrel tiles. A type of ceramic roofing tile with a semi-circular (or greater) cross section. Usually used as a covering tile to prevent water from seeping between two rows of concave/gutter tiles (banwa 瓪瓦). Also written 㼧 (tong (lit. convex tile)).2


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  • 1 FU. 2017. Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve EssaysLink to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 2018. ATTCAT 2018Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

Broad Match: roofing tiles

How to Cite This Entry

JIA Tingli 賈亭立 et al., “ 筒瓦 tǒngwǎ” in Architectura Sinica last modified September 18, 2020, https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000109.


JIA Tingli 賈亭立 et al., “ 筒瓦 tǒngwǎ.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published January 18, 2020. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000109.

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Entry Title: 筒瓦 tǒngwǎ

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  • Tracy Miller, editor, Architectura Sinica
  • ZHUGE Jing 諸葛净, associate editor, Architectural Terminology
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