Anatomy of a monument


Structural Parts of a Monument

Base: Bottom-most piece of stone in a monument. It is set on the foundation and provides a visual foundation for the rest of the work. Some monuments contain a second base to provide a more elaborate setting for the work.

Die: Major component of the monument. It often contains decorative carving and inscriptions.

Plinth: Decorative member of the monument. It is usually located above the die and below the cap. It may contain elaborate moldings and carving.

Cap: Top-most piece of the monument. May contain more carving and molding. It may be peaked, rounded or irregular.

Anatomy of a monument

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