THE MADISON BODYCON
FIT FOR A QUEEN
GREEK KEY MOTIF
The Greek Key’s exact origins are unclear, with traces of its usage appearing in relics found from Etruscan, Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman, and Byzantine cultures. it symbolized infinity, unity, and the eternal flow of life through reproduction.
The pattern can be found in a variety of forms. At its most basic, it is a band consisting of short horizontal and vertical lines, connected at right angles.
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Variations of the design are found on Egyptian tombs, ancient Chinese buildings and sculptures, and Mayan carvings. But it’s the Greeks who used the motif with abandon, hence the reason we most commonly refer to it as the Greek key. The Romans then copied it, and by the 18th century, all of Europe had adapted it into their design vocabulary. - Elizabeth Mayher 2018, The Washington Post