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Egg-and-dart moulding
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[German version]

Distinct  ornamentation in the decorative canon of Ionic architecture, in modern architectural terminology also known as the ‘Ionian  kymation’: a profiled ledge with an arched cross section whose relief or painted ornamentation consisted of an alternation of oval leaves and lancet-shaped spandrel tips and which often concludes at the lower end with pearl staff (astragal) corresponding to the rhythm of the egg-and-dart moulding. Apart from decorating the  epistylion or the  frieze, egg-and-dart-moulding was particularly used to decorate the  echinus of the …

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Egg-and-dart moulding”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e327340>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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