Angled timber member used in corbel bracket sets and placed perpendicular to the building plane. Can be descending (下昂 xia'ang), where the tip extends downward through the bracket set to the exterior of the building; or ascending (上昂 shang'ang), where it extends from the building plane upward, usually to support the interior building frame. Level timbers placed perpendicular to the building plane include 華栱 huagong and 耍頭 shuatou.
From the Song and Jin dynasties we see buildings where 華栱 huagong were made to look like 下昂 xiaang and 耍頭 shuatou. These are sometimes called imitation ang (假昂 jiaang), and slanted bracket arm-shaped shuatou (昂形耍頭 angxing shuatou).
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- 1 ATTCAT 2018
- 2 FU, Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays, 349.
- 3 王, 中国古建筑术语辞典, 395.
- 4 KROLL, A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 4.
Broad Match: Bracketing
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Bibliography:“ 昂 áng.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published January 24, 2020. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000103.
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Entry Title: 昂 áng
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