Anthemion

Definitions

  • Anthemion
    Anthemion
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Anthemion A floral ornament. See Palmette
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anthemion In art and archaeology: A characteristic palmette or honeysuckle ornament, varying in detail, but constant in type, of very frequent occurrence both in single examples and in series, in vase-painting, in architectural sculpture, in jewelry and dress-fabrics, and in all other decorative work of Greek origin from very early times, and later in ornament derived from the Greek. This ornament in its original shape was borrowed by Greek artists from the Orient, and was probably first adopted by the Ionians. It was much used upon antefixes, both sculptured and in terra-cotta, and in the composition of acroteria, particularly those of the tall and slender Greek funeral slabs. Any conventionalized flower or foliage ornament, as those common in Oriental embroidery or Persian porcelain.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
fr. Gr. 'anqemi`s flower

Usage

In literature:

In such wise did Ajax fell to earth Simoeisius, son of Anthemion.
"The Iliad" by Homer
So did the high-born Ajax spoil Simoisius, the descendant of Anthemion.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
But I see, what Anthemion would very much like, that I am offending the Court, so I stop.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
Ridge tiles covered the joints, and the lower end of each ridge terminated in an anthemion.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
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