Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
One of the three canonical orders of Western Classical architecture, it originated in the mid-sixth century in Ionia (present-day Turkey). It is characterised by the use of two symmetrical volutes on the pillar capital. Below the volutes, the column is typically designed with a wide collar or banding that separates the capital from the shaft of the pillar.