nekase 根械
KEY WORD : architecture / general terms
Lit. root fetters. Also called umekasenuki 埋械貫, nekasenuki 根械貫, negaraminuki 根がらみ貫. Large flat pieces of wood buried below the ground surface on which to place the sunken ends of gate posts, some Shinto gates *torii 鳥居, flag poles and fire-watch towers to prevent them from sinking below their original positions. Sometimes diagonal braces may also be attached to the sunken part of the posts and horizontal base nekase to add stability and prevent tilting. They are secured to each other by wooden or metal crossbars called kougai 笄. If nekase are used to connect two or more posts, they are inserted into the posts. Those placed at right angles are called harimakase 梁間械 or hasamikase 挟械.


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