yǐngzuò mùgòu 影作木構



  • yingzuo mugou (Pinyin without tones)
  • 影作木構 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 影作木构 (Simplified Chinese)1
  • yǐngzuò mùgòu (Pinyin)
  • ying-tso mu-kou (Wade-Giles)
  • "Shadow-works timber structure" (lit.) (English)
  • Painted representations of timber architecture (English)


    First coined in the 1980s (Su Bai 1982, 141-142), yingzuo mugou is a modern term adopted by archaeologists and art historians referring to painted representations of timber architectural components in underground architecture (e.g. tombs and reliquary chambers beneath pagodas). The meaning of yingzuo here as a “painted representation of something” has departed from its original context in the Yingzao fashi. Similar appropriations appeared in 1950s (Su Bai 1957), such as in painted representations of door lintels (yingzuo men’e 影作門額), and painted representations of bracket-sets (yingzuo puzuo 影作鋪作).2

    現代墓葬考古、墓葬美術學界用語,最早出現于1980年代(宿白 1982, 141-142), 指地下室 (如墓室、地宮等) 之中彩畫繪出的木構建築構件,這裏“影作”的含義與其最初語境(即《營造法式》)有別,相似用法最早見於1950年代,如“影作門額”、“影作鋪作”等。2

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  • 1 宿. 1982. 西安地区唐墓壁画的布局和内容, 137-154.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 宿. 1982. 西安地区唐墓壁画的布局和内容, 141-142.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; 宿. 1957. 白沙宋墓, 90.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

Broad Match: bracketing

Broad Match: architectural ornament

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REN Sijie 任思捷 et al., “ 影作木構 yǐngzuò mùgòu” in Architectura Sinica last modified September 11, 2020, https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000099.


REN Sijie 任思捷 et al., “ 影作木構 yǐngzuò mùgòu.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published May 21, 2019. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000099.

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