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Shallow ornamental recess in a wall or pier, usually to contain a statue, urn, or other ornament. Classical niches are usually arched, sometimes with a quarter-spherical head if semicircular on plan, and often with the half-dome carved to resemble a scallop-shell. Some niches are set within aedicules, and Gothic niches (called tabernacles) have gablets or canopies over them. A niche-grave is a loculus in a hypogeum, catacomb, mausoleum, or a space in a cinerarium or ollarium.

Subjects: Architecture.


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