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The persistence of certain forms, shown in these photos, which were the direct result of the structure of a building or object, have a very considerable source of decoration. In Greek architecture many of the details are entirely the product of wooden construction translated into stone and the same also applies to structural decoration in Egyptian architecture. The original material might be papyrus, palm trunks (used for in carved representations on ceilings) or a door hinge or pivot. The decorative details of the stone architecture have come down from this stage of building, translated point for point into stone.

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