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Modillions carved with animal heads in the Abbaye Ste Foy à Conques
Modillions under the cornice of the Morgan, Leith, and Cook Building in the East Portland Grand Avenue Historic District

A modillion is an ornate bracket, a corbel, underneath a cornice and supporting it, more elaborate than dentils (literally translated as small teeth). All of these words are commonly used as verbs in a historic tense to describe neatly any particular structure, such as a parapet or eaves. They occur classically under a Corinthian or a Composite cornice, but may support any type of eaves cornice.[1] Modillions may be carved or plain.


  1. ^ Bradley, Simon, ed. (2010), Pevsner's Architectural Glossary, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 83, ISBN 978-0-300-16721-4 

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