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Capital of a Composite Column

Capital of a Composite Column

18th century French engraving
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In Classical architecture, a Composite column is a column style that combines the Ionic and the Corinthian orders of architecture.

Developed by the Romans in about the first century BC, composite columns have highly decorated capitals (tops). The leaf decorations of the Corinthian style combine with the scroll designs that characterize the Ionic style.

In contemporary architecture, the term composite column can be used to describe any style column molded from a man-made composite material such as fiberglass or a polymer resin.

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