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Acanthus motifs (from top to bottom): (a) carved ornament at the top of a marble stele, fr....

Acanthus motifs (from top to bottom): (a) carved ornament at the top of a marble stele, from Athens, c. 390–c. 365 bc (London, British Museum, Sculpture 605); (b) stone relief from the church of SS Sergios and Bakchos, Istanbul, ad 527–36; (c) detail of a border and corner rosette from the Benedictional of St Aethelwold, Winchester, Old Minster, c. ad 980 (London, British Library, Add. MS. 49598, fol. 25)

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Byzantine acanthus leaf motif on a capital

Byzantine acanthus leaf motif on a capital, ad 532–7, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul; photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

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