The meaning of the sculpture in the archivolt was not clear to me, and seemed to refer to some legend.
archivolt, the series of mouldings which is carried round an arch.
The archivolt is seven-fold and is an excellent piece of rich carving.
I have not been able to find any fragments of the archivolt.
In this archivolt there are only two heads to represent the zodiacal sign.
archivolt (rki-volt), in architecture, the ornamental band of mouldings on the face of an arch and following its contour.
They are carried on coupled shafts which, as well as their capital, are of red Veronese marble, the archivolt being of stone.
archivolt, r′ki-volt, n. the band or moulding which runs round the lower part of the archstones of an arch.
The figure of this saint on the jamb or the archivolt of the portal is expressive of such simple piety and enthusiasm!
That archivolt is in its earliest conditions perfectly pure and undecorated,—the simplest and rudest of Gothic forms.