The word origin of acanthus dated back to the early 1600s from Greek aka meaning "point, thorn" + anthos which translates to "flower" It was named for its large spiny leaves. The acanthus in architecture was used by the Greek and Romans and Byzantines.
Print, "Floral and Acanthus Leaf Design", 1740, National Design Museum
Acanthus Demilune with traditional style
Palazzo Scale Italian Tole Sconces With Acanthus Leaves
Hand-carved surround with acanthus leaves; add these throughout the house to add character
Lovely detail on this Gilded Mirror
The Amy Howard Venetian Secretary has acanthus painted detailing
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