Section of a Volute of an Ionic Capital
These volutes, or scrolls, when viewed from the side, appear to meet in the middle, and form a wavy line over the echinus. The intervals of the spiral coils are slightly hollowed, in order to bring them into more relief, and in this way the so-called channel is formed, which is continued in the horizontal portion which connects the volutes.
KeywordsIonic order, cross section, greek architecture, volutes, cross section of the Ionic Capital from the Temple of Minerva Polias at Priene
A. Rosengarten, W. Collett-Sandars A Handbook of Architectural Styles (New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895)