Middle storey of a church interior treated as an arcaded wall passage or blind arcade, its height corresponding to that of the aisle roof.
(lit. three-grooved tablets): Stylized beam-ends in a Doric frieze, with metopes between.
A symbolic figure in the form of a three-cornered knot of interlaced arcs, common in Celtic art. Compare terquetra.
Triumphal arch
Influential type of Roman Imperial monument, free-standing, with a square attic or top section and broad sections to either side of the main opening, often with lesser openings or columns.
Of a hill-fort: defended by three concentric banks and ditches.
Trompe l’oeil
(French, lit. trick the eye): Two-dimensional painting or decoration in which objects are represented three-dimensionally.
Sculpted or painted group of arms or armour.
(French): Central stone upright supporting the tympanum of a wide doorway, especially of a medieval church. Trumeau figure: carved figure attached to it; compare column figure.
Trumpet capital
Capital with concave lower part, usually scalloped, in use in the later 12th century.
Braced framework, spanning between supports. Types include: Belfast roof truss: a wide segmental truss built as a lattice-beam, originally using short cuts of timber left over from shipbuilding in Belfast; closed truss (of a roof): with the spaces between the timbers filled, to form an internal partition or partitions; spere truss: roof truss incorporated in a spere (a fixed structure screening the lower end of a great hall from the screens passage in an older house, college, etc.)