A Guide to Kyoto’s Wooden and Traditional Architecture
One of the other features of Horyu-ji (法隆寺), the oldest extant wooden structure in the world, is the use of a bracket arm that’s carved in the shape of a cloud. Such bracket is called kumohijiki (雲肘木). The kumohijiki carries an expression and structural function that is not often outside of wooden structures that were built later than the Asuka period, where Horyu-ji was first constructed. These brackets are seen in support of the interior tie beams (力肘木) from the pagoda, or the tail rafter members (尾垂木).
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One of the feature of Horyu-ji (法隆寺) is the use of a bracket arm that’s carved in the shape of a cloud.