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Cornice

Updated on February 4, 2010

A Cornice, in architecture, is the moulded projection which crowns or finishes the entablature, each order of architecture having its own peculiar cornice.

The Greek Doric cornice is composed of few and bold parts, really of little more than a corona (the projecting and principal member in every cornice) finished above by one or two simple mouldings, and having attached a series of shallow plates or tablets called mutules, which are a distinctive feature of the Doric cornice.

Dentils are peculiar to the Ionic cornice, and modillions to the Corinthian cornice. In Gothic architecture there are various types of cornice; sometimes taking the form of a row of corbels bearing the parapet, and sometimes small arches rising from the corbels.

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