of furniture, and high prices are often given for the gnarled and knotted portions of slowly-grown trees, to be sawn into veneers.
Sculptured panels, with conventional motives, peacocks, eagles devouring hares, peacocks drinking from a cup on a tall pillar, are let into both exterior and interior walls, as are roundels of precious marbles, sawn from columns of porphyry, serpentine, verd antique, &c. The adoption of veneer for decoration prohibited any deep cutting, and almost all the sculpture is shallow.
The heads of the piles are sawn off, and a platform of timber or concrete rests on them.
wide, and four storeys high; its outer walls are faced with sawn freestone.
The oratories were of the same form and material, but the larger churches and kingly banqueting halls were rectangular and made of sawn boards.