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Lisa A. Reilly

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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Piece of stone, wood, or iron that projects from a wall to support an object placed upon it, such as an architectural element or a statue. By arranging a series of corbels it is possible to span an opening with a corbelled arch or vault, which exerts no lateral thrust (see Vault).

In Greek architecture corbels were employed as supports from at least the mid-6th century bc, for example in the consoles, a type of carved corbel, that support the cornice of the Ionic Temple of Athena (c. 550 bc), Parikia, Paros, later incorporated into Ayios Konstantinos. Corbels were used similarly by the Romans, as in the Arch of Augustus (27 bc), Rimini, where they support the mouldings that form the pediment. Roman architects also used corbels as a constructional device in the erection of arches and barrel vaults. By inserting temporary corbels that projected from the piers it was possible to use less scaffolding (...

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