Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Relieving Triangle

Just the other night, I was reading a book of mine: "Mycenae–Epidaurus: A Complete Guide to the Museums and Archaeological Sites of the Argolid".

The Lion's Gate, the Tomb of Clytemnestra, the Treasury of Atreus, all share a common feature: the relieving triangle. So imagine my surprise when I was walking across East 7th Street earlier this week and discovered the same feature there:

The relieving triangle.

In order to relive the lintel of some of the weight of the superstructure, the ashlar courses at both its ends which are supported by the door jambs, corbel out progressively leaving a triangular empty space — the so-called relieving triangle — which is a kind of simple arch characteristic of Mycenaean architecture. 
Life imitates life… in the East Village Today!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #mycenae #relievingtriangle


  1. are you sure that is on east 9th?


    1. Um, no.

      You know what happened? I couldn't remember where I took it, so I looked at other pictures from that day, and most were on 9th Street, so I thought it was from there.

      I fixed it though!

  2. thanks for fixing that - whew! i thought i was going cah-ray-zee! or that you had discovered some kind of time tunnel space warp portal, and posted a picture of it.