- a structural member of a Doric frieze, separating two consecutive metopes, and consisting typically of a rectangular block with two vertical grooves or glyphs, and two chamfers or half grooves at the sides, together counting as a third glyph, and leaving three flat vertical bands on the face of the block.
Origin of triglyph
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Triglyph, the channelled feature in the frieze of the Doric order.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
The short band, corresponding to the triglyph, beneath the tnia moulding which crowns the epistyle; the listel.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
Hence the metopes next to the corner columns do not come out perfectly square, but are too broad by half the width of a triglyph.
Those who would make the metopes all alike, make the outermost intercolumniations narrower by half the width of a triglyph.
A triglyph is one of those blocks cut with vertical channels, which seem to rest upon the epistyle and to support the cornice.How to judge architecture
- architect a stone block in a Doric frieze, having three vertical channels
C16: via Latin from Greek trigluphos three-grooved, from tri- tri- + gluphē carving. See glyph
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