from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stylized palm leaf used as a decorative element, notably in Persian rugs and in classical moldings, reliefs, frescoes, and vase paintings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A motif in decorative art resembling the fan-shaped leaves of a palm tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A floral ornament, common in Greek and other ancient architecture; -- often called the honeysuckle ornament.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In class. archæol., an ornament more or less resembling a palm-leaf, whether carved in relief on moldings, etc., or painted; an anthemion. See cut on following page.
- n. In certain gastropods, an appendage of the head.
Here we identify the original of the supposed "palmette" motive.
As for the so-called "palmette," it is neither more nor less than a variation of the lotus.
The palmette capitals of the tree-like columns are not lotus-blossom capitals, as Weinberg and other classicists once supposed, much less “proto-Aeolic” capitals as William F. Albright thought.
On the front side it represents a Triton blowing a shell, and on the right side it shows a nice palmette.
The akroterion with the triton and the palmette from the left side wing
It is moulded fully in the round, but by way of adornment, in close agreement with the tradition of vase-painting, the head is wreathed with rosettes and crowned by a single palmette.
An ever present feature, also, is the palmette acroterium, treated in conventional ceramic style.
It represents a female face in relief, as occurs so often in Greek pottery, surrounded by an ornament of lotus, maeander and palmette.
For Sir Arthur Evans has collected all the stages in the transformation of Egyptian palmette pillars into the rayed pillars of
Among these fragments we note an anthemion, some bits of the so-called Oriental palmette, and a few scraps of lotus pattern, naturalistically treated.
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