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Monday, 9 May 2016

Spot the Frippet: volute.

Enjoy the whirls of spiral things.

On the handles of a jug: 

File:Apulian red-figure volute krater by the White Sakkos painter Antikensammlung Kiel B 585 (2).jpg
(photo by Marcus Cyron)

In a shell:

File:Amoria undulata Wavy volute P2023239.JPG
(photo of Amoria undulata, the Wavy volute, by Peter Southwood)

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(photo of a Grapevine snail by Jürgen Schoner)

Or on a column:

(column from Persepolis, apparently wearing curlers)

Or perhaps you'll see the ravishing descending volute of some spiral stairs:

File:Spiral staircase in Haldon Belvedere.jpg
Photo of Haldon Belvedere, Devon, by Nilfanion

Or how about this, the modern equivalent of a water wheel:

(Francis turbine inlet scroll (or volute), Grand Coulee Dam)

Glorious and enchanting, every one.

Spot the Frippet: volute. This word comes to us from the Latin volūta, a spiral decoration, from volvere, to roll up.

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