Acanthus Leaves

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The Roman acanthus constitutes a type, rather than a particular form of leaf. As compared with the Greek type, it is less massive, less pointed, more minutely modeled. It suggests a larger, thinner, more flexible and more complex leaf, with well-developed “eyes” at the bases of the lobes and “pipes” or ribs curving from these to the base of the leaf.


Ancient Rome


A. D. F. Hamlin, A History of Ornament (New York: The Century Company, 1916) 151


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