an ornament of floral forms in a flat radiating cluster, as in architectural decoration, vase painting, etc.
- Also called honeysuckle ornament.
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How to use anthemion in a sentence
For the former design I shall employ the Greek term anthemion.
Mr. Goodyear has an elaborate study of the evolution of the Ionic capital (Fig. 82) from the anthemion.
But Europe was not dependent on Greek and Roman influences alone for the spread of the anthemion.
The transition from these to the stone or terra-cotta anthemion of the Parthenon (Fig. 88) is very gradual.
In following this view of the history of the Ionic capital we have practically traversed that of the anthemion.
British Dictionary definitions for anthemion
a floral design, used esp in ancient Greek and Roman architecture and decoration, usually consisting of honeysuckle, lotus, or palmette leaf motifs
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