Mascaron (architecture)

Mascarons, Cadiz, Spain

In architecture, a mascaron ornament is a face, usually human, sometimes frightening or chimeric whose function was originally to frighten away evil spirits so that they would not enter the building.[1] The concept was subsequently adapted to become a purely decorative element. The most recent architectural style to extensively employ mascarons was Beaux Arts.[2][3]

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  1. "mascaron". Oxford Reference. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  2. "BUCHAREST 1870S MASCARON". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. "Art Nouveau in faces: fantasy world of "New art"". May 29, 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
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