Ionic Cyma

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Cyma, Ionic


an architectural detail, a molding that is formed by the combination of two conjugate curves (convex and concave). The convex arc has larger radius of curvature than the convex arc of a Doric cyma. According to where the convex arc is located (above or below), two types are distinguished: the cyma recta (used in capitals and cornices) and the cyma reversa (often used in the bases of columns and in socles).

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