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Also called garland or swag


Garland: a wreath or festoon of flowers, leaves, or other material, worn for ornament or as an honor or hung on something as a decoration

Festoon: A string or garland of ribbons, flowers, fruit or foliage draped between two supports

In ancient Greek competitions, a garland of laurel was placed on the winner's head.

Used as decoration on pilasters and panels and suspended in a curve between rosettes, skulls of animals, etc.

In cemeteries, on monuments or markers, the symbol of saintliness and glory; victory in death.

Fruit festoon: Garland of fruit, leaves, and flowers, tied with ribbons and usually draped between two rosettes to form a downward curve. A popular Roman motif, revived in the Renaissance

A type of garland is bay leaf garland

Found in classical Greek and Roman architecture and derivatives, including Beaux Arts Classicism, Classical Revival, Federal, Colonial Revival styles


Carved decorative element, sometimes consists of a fruit or floral motif, similar to a drapery

Examples from Buffalo:

Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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