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Egg-and-dart molding at the top of an Ionic capital

Egg-and-dart or egg-and-tongue is an ornamental device often carved in wood, stone, or plaster quarter-round ovolo mouldings, consisting of an egg-shaped object alternating with an element shaped like an arrow, anchor or dart. Egg-and-dart enrichment of the ovolo molding of the Ionic capital is found in ancient Greek architecture at the Erechtheion and was used by the Romans.[1] The motif has also been common in neoclassical architecture.[2][3]



  1. ^ Lucy T. Shoe, Profiles of Greek Mouldings 1936, supplemented by Shoe, "Greek Mouldings of Kos and Rhodes", Hesperia 19.4 (October - December 1950:338-369 and illustrations)
  2. ^ Regan, Raina (February 21, 2012). "Building Language: Egg-and-dart". Historic Indianapolis. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Egg-and-dart". Buffalo as an Architectural Museum. Retrieved 11 September 2016.


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