Coin of the city of Acanthus.

Acanthus

Coin of the city of Acanthus.

"The name given by the Greeks and Romans to the plants sometimes called Brancursine, of which it is also the botanical generic name. A. mollis and A. spinosa, natives of the south of Europe, are the species best known. The twining habit of the plants, their large white flowers, and, above all, the beautiful form of their dark and shining leaves, have led to their artistical application, especially in the capitals of Corinthian columns." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Acanthus

"The name given by the Greeks and Romans to the plants sometimes called Brancursine, of which it is…

"Nelsonia campestris. 1. flowers; 2. pistil; 3. capsule; 4. cross section of a seed." -Lindley, 1853

Acanthus

"Nelsonia campestris. 1. flowers; 2. pistil; 3. capsule; 4. cross section of a seed." -Lindley, 1853

An acanthus plant in front of a pedestal.  Acanthus is a very common decorative plant.

Acanthus

An acanthus plant in front of a pedestal. Acanthus is a very common decorative plant.

The coin of the ancient city Acanthus in Egypt.

Coin of Acanthus

The coin of the ancient city Acanthus in Egypt.

Acanthus anthemion.

Anthemion

Acanthus anthemion.

Acanthus leaf band.

Byzantine Band

Acanthus leaf band.

Acanthus leaf band.

Byzantine Band

Acanthus leaf band.

Carved frieze from St. John Studios.

Frieze from St. John Studios

Carved frieze from St. John Studios.

Carved frieze from St. Sergius.

Frieze from St. Sergius

Carved frieze from St. Sergius.

"Shows the head of a thyrsus composed of the leaves and berries of the ivy, and surrounded by acanthus leaves. Very frequently, also, a while fillet was tied to the pole just below the head." — Anthon, 1891

Head of a thyrsus

"Shows the head of a thyrsus composed of the leaves and berries of the ivy, and surrounded by acanthus…