Tou-kung

Tou-kung

A cantilevered bracket in traditional Chinese construction; tiers or clusters of brackets are used to carry rafters that support purlins far beyond the outermost columns of a building.
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A cantilever bracket called tou-kung was used to carry the eaves overhang as far as possible, beyond the outermost columns.