Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

rib : an arch of masonry, often molded, which forms part of the framework on which a vault rests. Ribs generally project from the undersurface of the vault.

See also rib vault
Types of ribs: diagonal rib, lierne, ridge rib, tierceron, transverse rib
Compare with infilling or webbing

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