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  chintamani in architecture

 

Vietnam

A chintamani or flaming pearl, depicted in the form of a circle wreathed in flames rather than a ball, is also found on traditional Chinese-style temple and palace buildings, usually on the roof, but sometimes on the gable.

 

Here it is seen in the middle of the roof of a building in the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam. On either side of the flaming pearl is a dragon.

 

  chintamani in architecture