Early examples of the ionic capital

The dataset originated in a study of the early development of the Ionic capital, which was particularly concerned with the relationship between the elongate Cycladic form and the more symmetrical and eventually dominant Ionian. In the course of the study a number of exemplars were surveyed by laser scanning, and reconstructed digitally using a parametric surface modeller. Both the surveyed and the reconstructed forms were prepared in formats suitable for 3D reproduction by rapid prototyping. The exemplars represented include:

1. Naxian sphinx – Delphi Museum;
2. Votive column of Alexitides, Sangri – Naxos Museum 8;
3. Temple at Yria – Naxos Muesum;
4. Votive capital – Paros Museum 775;
5. Votive column of Archilochos – Paros Museum 733;
6. Votive with sphinx – Delos Museum 583;
7. Corner capital – Delos Museum;
8. Votive from Oropos – National Museum Athens 4797;
9. Athena Nike, Athens – British Museum London;
10. Myus – Pergamon Museum, Berlin;
11. Erechtheion, Athens – British Museum London;
12. Propylaea – Athens - in situ.


Cite this dataset as:
Wilson Jones, M., Richens, P., Herdt, G., The Scan Team Ltd, 2009. Early examples of the ionic capital. Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from: https://doi.org/10.15125/BATH-00788.


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Mark Wilson Jones
University of Bath

Paul Richens
University of Bath

Georg Herdt
University of Bath

The Scan Team Ltd


University of Bath
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Technical details and requirements:

Point clouds are in .asc ASCII point cloud format. Solid models are in .stl stereolithography format: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STL_(file_format). Images are in JPEG format.

Methodology link:

Wilson Jones, M., and Richens, P., 2008. The scholarly and practical problem. Bath: University of Bath. Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/2011/http://www.bath.ac.uk/ace/methodology/.


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The Early Development and Formal Definition of the Ionic Capital

Publication details

Publication date: 2009
by: University of Bath

Version: 1

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15125/BATH-00788

URL for this record: https://researchdata.bath.ac.uk/id/eprint/788

Related papers and books

Richens, P., and Herdt, G., 2009. Modelling the Ionic capital. In: Cagdas, G., and Colakoglu, B. (eds.) Proceedings of the 27th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe. Istanbul: eCAADe, 809-816. Available from: https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/publications/modelling-the-ionic-capital.

Wilson Jones, M., 2014. Origins of Classical Architecture: Temples, Orders and Gifts to the Gods in Ancient Greece. Yale University Press. Available from: https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/publications/origins-of-classical-architecture-temples-orders-and-gifts-to-the.

Related online resources

Wilson Jones, M., and Richens, P., 2008. Early Development and Formal Definition of the Ionic Capital. Bath: University of Bath. Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/2011/http://www.bath.ac.uk/ace/ionic-capital/.

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.


Faculty of Engineering & Design
Architecture & Civil Engineering

Research Centres & Institutes
Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA)