At least 2-3 centuries old, antique architectural corbels from finely carved old Chinese temples. Defaced during the cultural revolution. Saved and taken out after that period by the original owners. We kept every piece the way they were found. Antique pieces that reflect multiple facets of Chinese history.
Bracket or dougong (斗拱) is a structural element of interlocking wooden brackets. It is one of the most important elements in traditional Chinese architecture. In architecture, a corbel is a structural piece of wood jutting from a wall to carry a super incumbent weight, a type of bracket.
The use of dougong first appeared in buildings of the late centuries BC and evolved into a structural network that joined pillars and columns to the frame of the roof. Dougong was widely used in the ancient Chinese during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC) and developed into a complex set of interlocking parts by its peak in the Tang and Song periods. The pieces are fitted together by joinery alone without glue or fasteners, due to the precision and quality of the carpentry. After the Song Dynasty, brackets and bracket sets became more ornamental than structural when used in palatial structures and important religious buildings.
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 28″ x 33″
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*Antique piece. Sell in used, pre-owned condition. Vintage and antique items by nature have variable amounts of wear, imperfections, signs of use, age and time. Perfectly imperfect. Condition shown as in pictures. Kindly contact us if you need more info. or detail pictures.