Acanthus (ornament)

The acanthus (Ancient Greek: ἄκανθος) is one of the most common plant forms to make foliage ornament and decoration.[1]

Composite capital with acanthus leaves
Acanthus mollis leaf; in both this and A. spinosus the leaf forms are rather variable
Timeline of acanthus styles: a) Greek; b) Roman; c) Byzantine; d) Romanesque; e & f) Gothic; g) Renaissance; h & i) Baroque; j & k) Rococo

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