Glossary of Medieval Architecture

acanthus: A Mediterranean plant. The leaves are thick, fleshy, and scalloped. A stylization of the acanthus leaf was often used in ancient decoration, especially the Corinthian capital.

See also:Corinthian capital

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Drawing by John Ruskin

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Drawing by John Ruskin

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