Foliate initial

Any plant-like decoration surrounding an initial, such as leaves, flowers, vines, or fruits. Floral borders containing plant, animal, human, and insect forms are also called Foliate or Foliated. Common styles include Acanthus and rinceaux.



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Joan M. Reitz, Dictionary for Library and Information Science (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004).