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Lacunaria, Lacuaria

or Laquearia. The Latin name for the panelled ceilings of rooms which were formed by placing planks across the beams of the roof, whereby hollow spaces were produced. These spaces were covered with wood or ivory, or ornamented with sculptured reliefs or pictures; occasionally they were even gilded or inlaid with plates of gold (Hor. Carm. ii. 18, 1). In banqueting-rooms they were sometimes so formed that the panels could be slipped aside to let flowers, wreaths, and other complimentary presents fall in showers on the guests below. See Suet. Nero, 31; and the article Palatium.

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