Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

FAS eez

"The traditional Roman fasces consisted of a bundle of white birch rods, tied together with a red leather ribbon into a cylinder, and often including a bronze ax (or sometimes two) amongst the rods, with the blade(s) on the side, projecting from the bundle."

"It was used as a symbol of the Roman Republic in many circumstances, including being carried in processions, much the way a flag might be carried today." -

From the Latin word " fascis" meaning "bundle."

Symbolism: :

The symbol is found in the US, e.g., Mercury dime, US Senate seal, Capital dome statue.

Italian fascism, which derives its name from the fasces, used the symbolism extensively.

Cf, Ribbon-and-reed

Examples from Buffalo:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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