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Modillions carved with animal heads in the Abbaye Ste Foy in Conques (France).
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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