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Ang / lever arm

The ang (lever arm) is one of three types of component in the bracket set; the others are the dou (block) and the gong (arm). It is the long slanting component in a bracket set. The ang has a structural function: to provide cantilever support for the eaves purlin (liaoyan fang). The weight of the eaves purlin is counterbalanced by the weight of the next higher purlin on the 'tail' of the ang (ang wei). (See Xu and Guo 1984, 54.)

See the front hall (Xian dian) of Shengmu miao for examples.

Our model kit will include ang in the next version.

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