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Jones, Owen, 1809-1874. / The grammar of ornament : illustrated by examples from various styles of ornament

Greek ornament,   pp. 31-37 ff.

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CHAPTER IV.--PLATES 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. 21, 22.
A collection of the various forms of the Greek Fret from Vases and Pavements.
Ornaments from Greek and Etruscan Vases in the British Museum and the Louvre.
and 4. From a Sarcophagus in Sicily.-IIITTORFF.
B. 6-18. From the Propylea, Athens.-HITTORFF.
12-17. From the Coffers of the Ceiling of the Propylha.-PENROSE.
18. String-course over the Panathenaic Frieze. Published by Mr. PENROSE in
gold only, we have supplied the blue
and red.
24-26. Painted Ornaments.-HITTORFF.
and 27. Ornaments in Terra Cotta.
29. Painted Ornament from the Cymatium of the raking Cornice of the Parthenon.-L.
VULLIAMY, the blue and red
30-33. Various Frets, the traces of which exist on all the Temples at Athens.
The colours supplied.
WE have seen that Egyptian Ornament was derived direct from natural inspiration,
that it was
founded on a few types, and that it remained unchanged during    the whole
course of Egyptian
civilization, except in the more or less perfection of the execution, the
more ancient monuments being
the most perfect.  We have further expressed our belief that the Assyrian
was a borrowed style,
possessing none of the characteristics of original inspiration, but, rather
appearing to have been
suggested by the Art of Egypt, already in its decline, which decline was
carried still farther.  Greek
Art, on the contrary, though borrowed partly from the Egyptian and partly
from the Assyrian, was the
development of an old idea in a new direction; and, unrestrained by religious
laws, as would appear

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