In architecture, a mascaron ornament is a face, usually human, sometimes frightening or chimeric whose function was originally to frighten away evil spirits so that they would not enter the building. The concept was subsequently adapted to become a purely decorative element. The most recent architectural style to extensively employ mascarons was Beaux Arts.
Façade detail of Hôtel du Commandant Militaire (Dijon)
Coupé carriage's mascaron, Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum
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