Lemekh

Lemekh

 

elongated, sometimes slightly bent, small wooden planks, usually in the form of a shovel or a small, flat, stepped pyramid. They were used in Russian wooden architecture as coverings for cupolas, cupola drums, tent-shaped spires (shatry), and other parts of buildings. The play of light and shadow on the lemekh imparts an ornamental, picturesque appearance to the roof.

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Lemekh (PhD, sociology, the New School), a Ukrainian immigrant herself, conducts an ethnographic investigation into the experiences of newly arrived Ukrainian immigrants among the Ukrainian Diaspora in New York City.