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The papyprus is a frequent form in Egyptian ornament. Its straight, stiff triangular stem with four root-leaves wrapping its slightly swelling base, is imitated in the clustered shafts of many columnrs, and painted as a decoration on walls and on bell-capitals, often alternating with conventional lotuses. The stem bears a bunch of tiny flowers, forming with their stems a group of green filiments witht reddish tops, growing out of a calyz of four leaves or bracts. These supply the suggestion for many bell-shaped forms in Egyptian ornament, including the great campaniform capitals of the huge columns of the Karnak hypostyle hall.


A. D. F. Hamlin, A History of Ornament (New York: The Century Company, 1916) 43 top


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