nokitenjou 軒天井
KEY WORD : architecture / general terms
Also kotenjou 小天井. A long narrow ceiling installed under an extended eave. This type of ceiling is constructed when three-stepped bracket complexes *mitesaki tokyou 三手先斗きょう, are used to support the extended eave. It is built between the long continuous tie beam *tooshihijiki 通し肘木, running through the bearing blocks of the bracket complex directly above the pillars and the long tie beam connecting the second stepped bracket complex *futatesakigumi 二手先組. Usually non-supportive diagonal struts with an outward curve *shirin 支輪, close the gap between the second-stepped bracket complex and the eave purlin *dashigeta 出桁. If no such struts are used, the undereave ceiling is constructed out to the eave purlin. Example: Koufukuji Toukondou 興福寺東金堂 (1415) and Yakushiji Toutou 薬師寺東塔 (710) in Nara.
Yakushiji Toutou 薬師寺東塔 (Nara)
Yakushiji Toutou 薬師寺東塔 (Nara)


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