Vitruvian scroll

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Detail of a building showing the Vitruvian scroll pattern rendered in terra cotta

The Vitruvian scroll is a pattern used in architectural molding. It is also known as the Vitruvian wave, wave scroll, or running dog pattern.[1] The pattern resembles waves in water or a series of parchment scrolls viewed on end.

"Vitruvian" refers to the Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio ("Vitruvius") who wrote the oldest extant book on architecture,[2] which describes some of the classical architectural orders.


  1. ^ "Running-dog pattern". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Britannica. 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Vitruvius, "The Ten Books on Architecture"

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