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Anthemion
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Plural: anthemia
Alternate name: Honeysuckle ornament


Lotus (shorter) and palmette with bottom scroll

Common Greek ornament featuring honeysuckle or palmettes.

Used singly on antefixes (ornamental blocks concealing tile-ends at the edges of a roof), or as a running ornament on friezes

Egyptian origins: A lotus-and-palmette design with acanthus leaves added. Bottom scrolls sometimes connected the foliage.

Greek: "anthemion" - a flower

One type of ancient Greek palmette resembles honeysuckle flowers, another is more like a palm leaf. Both were used in bands of anthemion ornament.

Found in classical Greek and Roman architecture and derivatives, including Beaux Arts Classicism, , ..... Classical Revival, , ..... Federal, Georgian Revival,, ..... Greek Revival,, ..... Neoclassicism,, ..... Renaissance Revival,, ..... Second Empire


Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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