In class we had to read about the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian Orders. I would like to focus on the Ionic Order; the book mentioned that there is an egg and dart motif at the top of the column but went with out an explanation. So, the egg and dart motif is quite simple, the egg means life and the dart means death. Together life and death symbolize the order of the universe. The universe is vast and has always been a point of topic to human beings. Now a days the egg and dart motif is widely used in many building designs. While researching egg and dart motif I found endless webpages for home decor and design. The popularity of the egg and dart is probably because from a superficial point of view-- ascetically pleasing-- but looking deeper into the motif, a great way to explain human existence.
Here are some closer looks at the molding: