anthemion

Anthemion

Noun

[an-thee-mee-uh n] 

1. an ornament of floral forms in a flat radiating cluster, as in architectural decoration, vase painting, etc.

Origin:
1860-65; < Greek anthémion, equivalent to ánthem (on) flower + -ion diminutive suffix; see antho-

“The Egyptian anthemion, derived from plants emerging from the water, has as a rule no connecting strand.”
- Alfred C. Haddon, Evolution in Art