Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Ionic Order

The Ionic column is far more complex in creation than its brother, the Doric column. Unlike the Doric column, the Ionic column has deeper facets and a slender shaft. The Ionic column is widely known for the pair of volutes (spiral looking horns, like those commonly seen on a ram) on either side of the capital. A simple, thin square belt that runs form the bottom of the capital and ends at the top of the base separates the flutes of the Ionic column. The base of the column is not without its distinguishing features of carved moldings and intricate figures that really enhance the elegance of this past column. In all, the Ionic column is a more elegant column than the Doric.



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