Terminal figure


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial.

Terminal figure

A carving in the form of a pedestal that tapers outward at the top and merges into an animal, human, or mythological figure; used for columns, statues, and consoles. See also Gaine.
Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture Copyright © 2012, 2002, 1998 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

terminal figure, terminal statue

A decorative figure in which a head, or a head and bust, or the human figure to the waist and including the arms, is incorporated with (as if it were springing out of) a pillar which serves as its pedestal.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.