|KEY WORD : architecture / general terms|
|Also pronounced mendori. The chamfered or beveled edge of a pillar, post, piece of furniture, piece of latticework, shelf, batten for a board and batten ceiling *saobuchi tenjou 竿縁天井 or door frame and muntin. The actual surface of the chamfer is called *men 面. Square or rectangular pillars are sometimes chamfered only at the corners, but may include eight to twelve beveled edges. Very wide chamfers, oomen 大面 or oomentori 大面取 are associated with buildings dating from the 8-12c. The width of the bevel became narrower in later centuries to the point where they were called string chamfer *itomen 糸面 or himomen 紐面. A chamfer applied to a member other than a pillar is called *kirimen 切面. One example of wide chamfers that are almost octagon in section is found on the pent roof enclosure *mokoshi 裳階 surrounding the Byoudouin *Hououdou 平等院鳳凰堂 (1053) in Kyoto. See *mentoribashira 面取柱 for cross sections of chamfered pillars.|
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