Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Obscure Architectural Term of the Day!

Well, since we got all scriptural, let's look at the--

ECHAL. In a synogogue, the fitting enclosing the Ark or cupboard in which are kept the rolls of the Law; often of wood. An ornate example of the C18 exists in London at Bevis Marks, in the form of a large tripartite REREDOS.

As always, here's you a picture to look at of Bevis Marks, a description, and a bonus definition!

REREDOS. A wall or screen, usually of wood or stone, rising behind an altar, and as a rule decorated.

Here's a pretty picture of a reredos (pronounced "reardose" I found out after no small amount of embarrassment) at the overly-long named Parish Church of St. Joseph's Blaydon-on-Tyne.

(As always, definitions provided by the Penguin Dictionary of Architecture, Third Edition.)

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