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guttae

In the Doric order– one of the three main classes, or 'orders', of ancient Greek temple architecture – guttae are cone-shaped decorative features carved in stone, forming part of the horizontal frieze that runs above the columns. They are thought to have originated as imitations of the wooden pegs used to secure the roof beams of temples constructed from timber.

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