water-leaf capital

water leaf

water leaf, 1: left, simple; right, enriched
1. In early Roman and Greek ornamentation, a type of lotus leaf or an ivy motif.
2. Similar to water leaf, 1 but divided symmetrically by a prominent rib; also called a lesbian leaf.
3. Late 12th cent. capital with a large leaf at each angle, broad, smooth, curving up toward the abacus corner and then curling inward.
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