angel roof


Definition of angel roof

: a roof in a medieval church that is decorated with carved or painted angels on its inner surfaces Angel roofs appeared during the Decorated period of English Gothic, particularly in East Anglia—the angels were carved on bosses or were finely sculpted and sprang from the beam ends, reinforcing the symbolic identification of the roof with heaven.— Philippa Lewis and Gillian Darley, Dictionary of Ornament, 1986

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1867, in the meaning defined above

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