Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
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Volute
voh LOOT
Other name: Helix

Architecture

In classical architecture, a spiral scroll, as on Ionic, Corinthian or Composite capitals, or on ancones, etc.

Etymology: Latin: "voluta" = scroll

Eye - The circular, central part of a volute.

Possible origins:

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


Furniture

The scrolled termination of a spiral

Cf., the end of a violin neck


Examples from Buffalo:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement 2006 Chuck LaChiusa
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