Lambs Tongue

The lambs tongue is the perfect example of how all classical ornaments find their roots in nature. Whether flora or fauna in antiquity, the terminology of the ornamentations were determined by their physical appearance and copied. This example appears as it sounds in the shape of a lambs tongue.

Lambs Tongue

Lambs tongue in an architectural profile

It is not a stand-alone ornamentation but is used to accompany a more detailed ornament. It is typically used as borders, or often the lower part of a complex molding or crown. The direction is always pointing down or towards the inside of a panel.

Architecture Profile

Again in an architectural profile

Egg and Dart

 Egg and dart paired with it.

I use lambs tongue because it is fairly easy to paint and has a low profile yet, still looks decorative. It makes for a great filler to accompany more complex ornamentations, and is also great for frames.

transfered pounce

 Lambs tongue pounce that I made for a trompe l’oeil ceiling mural


 Painted detail

Finished lambs tongue

 Lambs tongue section/border used in trompe l’oeil ceiling mural

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