Hereby presenting an excerpt from the Popular Dictionary of Architecture and the Allied Arts (1878) by William James Audsley and George Ashdown Audsley. It tells the story of today’s Free Friday Vintage Coloring Page, which was illustrated by the authors.
“ANTEFIXUM – This term, correctly speaking, signifies an ornament of terra cotta or other material, fixed in front of the frieze of an entablature; but it has been very commonly used to designate the ornaments which were introduced by the Classic architects to terminate the harmi, or joint tiles of a roof, at the eaves of a building…. Amongst the Greek examples, those of the Parthenon, the temple of Apollo at Bassse (Fig. 1), and the Choragic monument of Lysicrates are the most beautiful. They are of marble, and richly carved, and were evidently introduced for the purpose of relieving the severe horizontal line of the cornice, to which they served as an ornamental cresting.”
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