Friday, January 23, 2009


Myths, folklore & symbolism
Acanthus: It is a thistlelike plant found in warmer climes. The sinute, notched leaves of two kinds of acanthus in the Mediterranean region provided the pattern for a leaflike ornamentation, used particularly on Corinthian capitals; it was also used as a festoon. The symbolic significance of the acanthus probably derives from its thorns, signifying that a difficult task has been fully accomplished. (Herder)

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