(View exact match)acroterionCATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: The sculptured figure, tripod, disc or urn, of bronze, marble, or terracotta, placed on the apex of the pediment of a Greek temple or other substantial building; sometimes also above the outer angles of the pediment triangle.
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acroteriaSYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: acroterion, acroters, acroterium, akroterion
DEFINITION: The pedestals, often without bases, placed on the center and sides of pediments for supporting a statue. Also, a decoration (often a statue) or ornament mounted with plinth on the pinnacle and gable ends (the horizontal coping or parapets) of a classical building.pedimentCATEGORY: structure
DEFINITION: A low-pitched gable forming the top section of the facade of a classical Greek and Roman temple; a triangular recess usually found at both ends of classical temples and treasuries and often filled with sculpture. In the classical temple, the outline of the triangle is formed by horizontal and 'raking' cornices which carry decorative moldings. The vertical 'back wall' (tympanum) is often decorated with painting, relief, or sculpture. Each of the three corners was also faced with a special 'corner-piece' (acroterion). It is located above the entablature.