Lierne rib vaulting


The main ribs in medieval vaulting engage with the tops of supporting columns or with the ridge rib – see tierceron vaulting. Any additional ribs, which are purely decorative, are known as lierne ribs.  The resulting vault is known as lierne vaulting.  Where liernes grew more numerous, and created ‘star’ patterns, the result was known as stellar vaults.

Local examples (click to enlarge the images)