Acrolithic

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Acrolithic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Acrolithan \A*crol"i*than\, Acrolithic \Ac`ro*lith"ic\, a. Pertaining to, or like, an acrolith.
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An acrolith was a statue made in Classical antiquity, in which the trunk of the figure was made of wood, and the head, hands, and feet were made of marble. The wood was concealed either by drapery or by gilding; only the marble parts were exposed to view.

Greek etymology: acros and lithos, English translation: "height" or "extremity" and "stone".

Earlier, similar sculptures used ivory instead of marble, and normally gold on the body. Acroliths are frequently mentioned by Pausanias (100s CE), the best known example being the Athene Areia ("Warlike Athena") of the Plataeans.

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