"In architecture, this term, adhering originally to its etymological meaning, signified an ornament in the form of a baske, like those sometimes set on the heads of carvatides. In Gothic architecture, to which it is now almost peculiar, it is applied to any kind of ornamented projection used for supporting pillars or other superincumbent weights." — Chambers, 1881

Corbel

"In architecture, this term, adhering originally to its etymological meaning, signified an ornament…

"In architecture, this term, adhering originally to its etymological meaning, signified an ornament in the form of a baske, like those sometimes set on the heads of carvatides. In Gothic architecture, to which it is now almost peculiar, it is applied to any kind of ornamented projection used for supporting pillars or other superincumbent weights." — Chambers, 1881

Corbel

"In architecture, this term, adhering originally to its etymological meaning, signified an ornament…

In architecture a corbel (or console) is a piece of stone jutting out of a wall to carry any superincumbent weight. A piece of timber projecting in the same way was called a "tassel" or a "bragger". The technique of corbelling, where rows of corbels deeply keyed inside a wall support a projecting wall or parapet, has been used since Neolithic times. It is common in Medieval architecture and in the Scottish baronial style as well as in the Classical architectural vocabulary, such as the modillions of a Corinthian cornice and in ancient Chinese architecture.

Corbel

In architecture a corbel (or console) is a piece of stone jutting out of a wall to carry any superincumbent…

In architecture, not standing on a foundation, but supported on a corbel. It is applied chiefly as a decoration.

Hanging Buttress

In architecture, not standing on a foundation, but supported on a corbel. It is applied chiefly as a…

A machicolation is a floor opening between the supporting corbels of a battlement, through which stones could be dropped on attackers at the base of a defensive wall. The design was developed in the Middle Ages when the Norman crusaders returned. A machicolated battlement projects outwards from the supporting wall in order to facilitate this.

Machicolation

A machicolation is a floor opening between the supporting corbels of a battlement, through which stones…