It appears in Polynesian tattooing, this love of spirals and volutes.
The difficult transition from the end of the shaft to the volutes was evaded, and masked by anthemions or other ornaments.
The faces of the volutes must recede from the edge of the abacus inwards by one and a half eighteenths of that same amount.
There seems to have been no distinction in the direction of the volutes, they turning indifferently to the right or to the left.
Aplustre, ap-lus′tėr, n. the ornament rising above the stern of ancient ships, often a sheaf of volutes.
In point of beauty they would rival the volutes were they not so much handicapped by their small size.
It is called taking the "whelk striæ," the fusiform being called "rice baskets," and the volutes "peck measures."
On the other hand, Volutes and other genera of univalve shells, usually met with only in tertiary strata, occur.
These volutes are supposed to have been copied from ringlets of hair, or from the horns of the god Jupiter Ammon.
At most they were etched with designs of men and women, as in the example from Olympia, or have two volutes.