- any of the square spaces, either decorated or plain, between triglyphs in the Doric frieze.
Origin of metope
First recorded in 1555–65, metope is from the Greek word metópē
Also called intertriglyph.
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Examples from the Web for metope
On the metope are represented the deeds of Theseus in beautiful reliefs.A Woman's Journey Round the World
For the term "metope" is used of the intervals between dentils as well as of those between triglyphs.Ten Books on Architecture
From this to Metope, the road extends over an open country capable of cultivation, but neglected.
As the tragic poet fills the stage with the legend, so the sculptor fills the metope with the legend.Atlantic Classics, Second Series
Henry C. Merwin
This metope was formed of two slabs, of which the upper is wanting.
- architect a square space between two triglyphs in a Doric frieze
C16: via Latin from Greek metopē, from meta between + opē one of the holes for the beam-ends
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