dà'é 大額



  • da'e (Pinyin without tones)
  • 大額 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 大额 (Simplified Chinese)
  • dà'é (Pinyin)
  • ta-o (Wade-Giles)
  • great forehead (lit.) (English)1

Note (full)

    The term da'e, literally "great forehead" (Kroll 2015, 73, 99) is usually used to refer to over-sized column-top tie beams often found in the timber architecture of Shanxi and Shaanxi constructed during the Yuan period (thirteenth-fourteenth centuries). 1

    As an architectural term, da’e is only recorded in the Yingzao fashi, but it is not clearly defined. Based on the context in which the term is used, it is possible that da’e is an alternate name for lan’e 闌額. This is because it is often used together with yan’e 簷額 and you’e 由額 where the term lan’e would normally appear. Still, nothing in the Yingzao fashi indicates that this so-called da’e is a larger size version of lan’e. In a seminal article, the twentieth-century architectural historian Zhang Yuhuan used this term to describe huge longitudinal beams found in Yuan timber architecture in Shanxi and Shaanxi (Zhang, 1979). Since that time many modern scholars consider it to be the signature element of the so-called “da’e style” buildings of the Yuan dynasty. Da’e can be placed either under the eaves or inside the building, but must be parallel to the roof ridge as part of the zongjia 縱架. Some scholars believe that the Yuan dynasty da’e are equivalent to the yan’e in the Yingzao fashi, while others disagree.2



    大額更為人熟知的定義出自張馭寰提出的代建築中的大額式(張 1979)。張將代木構建築中材分巨大且位於縱架的橫樑稱之為大額。代建築的大額的位置可以位於簷下,亦或屋內。有部分學者認為代木構簷下的大額對應了《營造法式》中的簷額,而屋內的大額則是材分較大的屋內額。然而,也有部分學者對此說持反對意見。2

Related concepts

    額 é

    檐額 yán'é

    闌額 lān'é

    楣 méi

    橫楣 héngméi

Works Cited

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  • 1 KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 73, 99.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 張. 1979. 山西元代殿堂的大木結構, 71-106.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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