Illustrated Architecture Dictionary ..................... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary

Terminus / Term / Terminal figure
Plural: terminuses or termini


" A bust or figure of the upper part of the human body springing out of a plain block of rectangular form, pilaster, or the lower part of a console, bracket, or the like." - Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture,  Ed. by Cyril M. Harris. Dover Pub. 1977

Originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome.

"In Roman religion, Terminus was the god who protected boundary markers; his name was the Latin word for such a marker. Sacrifices were performed to sanctify each boundary stone, and landowners celebrated a festival called the Terminalia in Terminus' honor each year on February 23." - Wikipedia: Terminus

Found in Georgian Revival, Neoclassical, Renaissance Revival, Second Empire, Tudor Revival styles

See also:  Atlas .....  Caryatid


Term used in furniture, also.

Examples from Buffalo:

Other examples:

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