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Acroterion (Acroterium)
ac row TAIR ee on
Plural: Acroteria


Architecture

1- Blocks or flat pedestals resting on the apex and on the lowest ends of the pediment to support statues or carved ornaments.

2- The term is sometimes applied to the carved ornament itself, which resembled a stylized palmette.

Greek: "acroterion" - the summit or extremity

Found in classical Greek and Roman architecture and derivatives, including Beaux Arts Classicism, , ..... Classical Revival, , ..... Federal, , ..... Georgian Revival,, ..... Greek Revival, , ..... Neoclassicism, , ..... Renaissance Revival,, ..... Second Empire


Furniture

In English and American 18th-century furniture, the acroteria refers to the end blocks of the pedimented top of a secretary or bookcase, or the central block in a broken pediment which might hold an urn, vase, finial, or other ornament.


Examples from Buffalo:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement ?2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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