Cut-and-paste is a professional craft in Taiwan traditional architecture, including mud sculpting, cut-and-paste and Koji Pottery. Representations of figures, stories and animals on the roofs of traditional temples are cut-and-paste-made. Except for roofs, parts of walls are also cut-and-paste-made, such as shuǐ chē dǔ、é tóu zhuì、lóng hǔ dǔ. It is a widely applied craft.
Guandu Temple we see today is magnificent. It is built throughout several eras. Crafts of Cut-and-paste on roofs of these structures are different. What we could see today is basically cut-and-paste, plus a few duī huā and Koji Pottery. Generally speaking, Crafts of Cut-and-paste of Guandu Temple, not in Guandu Temple we see today, was closer to Glass cut-and-paste, which was popular in 1950s. Products of Cochin Ware from factories, which became popular after Glass cut-and-paste, were put of the rooves of Matsu Palace, Guanyin Buddha Palace, Wenchang Palace, Ling Xiao Hall, the altar of heaven and the gate.
However, an outdated craft, Cut-and-paste of Pieces of Bowl, started to be used in renovations of temples in Taipei currently. Fashionably, Cut-and-paste of Pieces of Bowl was used in renovations of San Chuan Hall, Dragon Gate, Tiger Gate, Worshipping Hall, Ancient Buddha Cave, God of Wealth Cave, the sculpture walls on the miracles of Matsu in Guandu Temple. This big renovation is the main reason why Cut-and-paste of Pieces of Bowl is the main characteristic of Guandu Temple. It’s worth to notice that some outdated statuary of duī huā are still in Guandu Temple, such as (the back of) the front of the altar of heaven and the gate of the library.