The middle division of an entablature,
between the top of the architrave and
the bed of the cornice. In the Doric style
it is ornamented with triglyphs or slight projections, divided by angular
grooves into three parts. The spaces between the triglyphs (called metopes)
are square, and are either plain or enriched, either with figure-sculpture,
as in the Parthenon, or with bulls' heads, paterae, or other ornaments.
In the other styles the frieze is never cut into portions, but is either
left plain or ornamented with figure-sculpture or scroll-work. The former
is most usual in Greek art, the latter in Roman. In late Roman works the
frieze is sometimes swelled or made to project with a curve.
|An example of composite entablature