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Pilaster

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online January 1998 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Shallow pier or rectangular column projecting from a wall. Pilasters are distinct from engaged columns: they are not structural—at best they are quasi-structural—and are used either as decoration, sometimes with a carved face, or to make manifest an underlying architectonic order. In classical architecture pilasters generally correspond with one of the architectural orders, including the use of entasis, and they carry an entablature. Pilasters were little used in ancient Greek architecture, with the exception of

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