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entablature of a Doric order building
A. triglyph
B. metope


adj. Architecture
An ornament in a Doric frieze, consisting of a projecting block having on its face two parallel vertical glyphs or grooves and two half grooves or chamfers on either vertical end, that separates the metopes.

[Latin trīglyphus, from Greek trigluphos : tri-, three; see trei- in Indo-European roots + gluphē, carving; see glyph.]

tri·glyph′ic adj.


(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]
triˈglyphic, triˈglyphical adj


a rectangular block between two metopes in a Doric frieze, having three vertical bands separated by two grooves or glyphs, with two half grooves or chamfers at the sides.
[1555–65; < Latin triglyphus < Greek tríglyphos triple-grooved =tri- tri- + -glyphos, adj. derivative of glyphḗ glyph]
tri′glyphed`, adj.
tri•glyph′ic, tri•glyph′i•cal, adj.
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At the latter's Palazzo del Te in Mantua, the proportions are deliberately odd, the patterns of rustication undisciplined, and pediments collide with the entablature above, from which the triglyph stones drop down as if the whole structure were about to collapse.
Both examples of FM 75 paneled patterns employ FM 42 arrow fringe as a subsidiary motif along the edges of the triglyph, in the one case externally, in the other internally.
The FM 42 joining semicircles are sometimes used along the outer edges of the triglyph (208, Fig.
Note that while the FM 50 antithetic spiral is treated as a main motif, it always occurs on deep bowls in conjunction with a central triglyph, and it should be treated with the other paneled patterns.
One stand has a torus molding with red-painted triglyph and metopal sections, while a lower register has alternating black and white sections (Figs.
Its roots, however, remain classical as may be understood by noting that Smith's Deco ornament typically abstracts classical triglyphs, acroteria, quadrant fans, chevrons, and volutes.
He states that it seems plausible to assume "at one time the triglyphs did mask the ends of wooden beams," and that "the droplike shapes below, called guttae," seen also in many twentieth-century architecture "are the descendants of wooden pegs (26)" However, form as the primogenitor of function transcended architecture to transportation.
We applied the same methodology on the other complex parts of the temple, such as the ceiling and triglyphs and retained the curvature of the original model.
For example, the various parts of a classical cornice, all the clutter of dentils, triglyphs, metopes, guttae, architraves and other obscure objects, are merely the vestiges of the ends of roof rafters, the beams on which they rested, pegs to hold them in place, and so on.
Carving is sharp and crisp, as if contemporary, despite being constructed over 16 centuries ago and the stylized details (presumed, like classical triglyphs, to be petrified timber details) are typical of the Aksumite style.