- lan'e (Pinyin without tones)4
- 闌額 (Traditional Chinese)2
- 阑额 (Simplified Chinese)3
- lán'é (Pinyin)4
- lan-o (Wade-Giles)
- forehead rail (lit.) (English)
- pillar top tie beams (ATTCAT preferred) (English)1
- architraves (English)6
- column-top-ties (English)9
- connecting-beams (English)8
- lintels (English)5
- penetrating tie beams (English)7
In traditional Chinese timber-frame architecture, the lan’e refers to horizontal elements positioned between and on top of pillars with both ends inserted into the pillars. Its upper surface is level with the top of the pillar. In premodern sources, the term appears to only be used in the Yingzao fashi (1103), Chapters 4 and 5. Modern architectural historians use this term to describe architectural elements that accord with the Yingzao fashi description in buildings dating from the Tang (618-907) to early Ming (1368-1644) dynasties. This term is also used by some modern architectural historians to describe long horizontal elements, sometimes supported by dougong 斗拱, located above or between eaves pillars, as can be seen in representations of buildings in stone cave temples, wall paintings, and sarcophagi dating before the Tang dynasty.
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- 1 ATTCAT 2018
- 2 李, YZFS, 4.9a; 5.3b-4a.
- 3 陈, 《营造法式》辞解, 433.; 王, 中国古建筑术语辞典, 402.
- 4 GUO, A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture 中國建築英漢雙解辭典, 52.
- 5 LIANG, Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture, 9-10.; STEINHARDT, Liao Architecture, 74, 184.
- 6 LIANG, Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture, 10.; FU, Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays, 72, 360.; STEINHARDT, Liao Architecture, 74.; MILLER, Divine Nature of Power, 201.
- 7 STEINHARDT, Liao Architecture, 176.
- 8 STEINHARDT, Liao Architecture, 74.
- 9 GUO, A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture 中國建築英漢雙解辭典, 52.
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Bibliography:“ 闌額 lāné.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published May 22, 2019. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000038.
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