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Egg-and-dart

A decorative molding consisting of a series of bas-relief egg-shaped figures alternating with dart-shaped, anchor-shaped, or tongue-shaped figures.

An Ionic capital is usually enriched with egg-and-dart.

In the egg-and-anchor, egg-and-arrow, and egg-and-tongue moldings, the arrowhead ornament is varied in form.

Some historians contend this ornamental device is supposed to represent the duality of life (the egg) and death (the arrow).

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


Examples from Buffalo:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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