Reference Entry


Edited by Tom Devonshire Jones, Linda Murray and Peter Murray

in The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art & Architecture

Second edition

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199680276
Published online November 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744419

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A bracket but less decorative than a *console. It may also be one of a series of small blocks of progressively projecting masonry that helps to bridge the gap across an opening so that a dome may be built over a crossing. This is known as ‘corbelling out’. A corbel table is a row of corbels usually under the eaves of a building that forms the outer row of supports for the roof beams. In Romanesque churches these are often carved with human or animal heads....

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Subjects: Religious Subjects in Art

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