For this week’s Ask OMS, we have the definition of the word cymatium. As a reminder, the purpose of Ask OMS is for you to post your questions related to architecture, and then we’ll provide the answers. Please send us your questions.

Cymatium is defined as “the uppermost member of a classical cornice or of a cornice of similar form: usually a cyma recta in classical examples.” Cymatium is a common term used when discussing architectural molding and it is a typical aspect of ionic columns.

The pictures below show two examples of cymatium molding.  Check out other projects completed by OMS by viewing our portfolio and see if you can identify some Ask OMS architecture terms!

Cymatium1 Cymatium2


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