Notes on the Geography of China: Foguang Temple: Photo 24
Describing the construction in technical terms, Liang writes of the "enormous tou-kung [bracket sets], which consist of four tiers of cantilevers, including two tiers of hua-kung [brackets extending forward and back from the bearing block at the bottom of the bracket set], and two tiers of ang [with a long, slanted lever arm balanced on the bearing block and with one side bearing a purlin and the other bearing the eave]--measuring about half the height of the columns." More expressively, he writes of "every piece of timber in the ensemble doing its share as a structural member... [and giving] the building an overwhelming dignity that is not found in later structures" (p. 43).
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