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December 14, 2007

Ante-fixae

Several antefixae with palmette designs, Ai Khanoum, Afghanistan, 2nd century BCE.
Several antefixae with palmette designs, Ai Khanoum, Afghanistan, 2nd century BCE.

Ante-fixae (from Latin antefigere, to fasten before), the vertical blocks which terminate the covering tiles of the roof of a Roman, Etruscan, or Greek temple; as spaced they take the place of the cymatium and form a cresting along the sides of the temple. The face of the ante-fixae was richly carved with the anthemion ornament.

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